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Judge’s lawyer husband accused of domestic battery

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District Court Judge Stefany Miley presides over a sentencing in August at the Regional Justice Center.

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Edward Miley

The husband of District Judge Stefany Miley was arrested late Thursday on a domestic battery charge following a disturbance at the couple's home.

Edward R. Miley, a lawyer who represented one of the defendants in the O.J. Simpson robbery case, was taken into custody sometime after Metro Police arrived at the scene about 9 p.m., according to a police report obtained by the Sun. He was then taken to the Clark County Detention Center to be booked into the jail.

Judge Miley — a former Family Court judge who was elected last year to the District Court seat vacated by Elizabeth Halverson — called police from a neighbor’s house about 8:30 p.m. to report a domestic violence incident involving her husband, the report said. Miley told police at the neighbor’s house that her husband was “drinking heavily” and choking their dog, which had bitten him.

Miley said that when she tried to stop her husband from choking the dog, he pushed her to the floor in front of their children. Then she and her children fled to the neighbor’s house in fear, the report said.

Earlier in the evening, Miley said her husband had pushed her and struck her in the chest with the back of his hand.

A few weeks earlier, her husband had been drinking and became violent, firing off “several rounds” from a firearm in the backyard of their house, the judge told police.

Officers said there were no visible injuries to the judge when they interviewed her. But when they went to the Miley home to arrest her husband, they found him with blood on his hands and shirt. The report did not mention the condition of the dog, but said a veterinarian service had been called to the scene.

Edward Miley smelled of alcohol and was “somewhat uncooperative with police” the report said. He refused to leave his home without his cell phone, the report added.

Police said he told a lieutenant he “would like you to arrest better looking hookers because I am tired of defending ugly ones."

Miley is best known for representing Charles Cashmore, who pleaded guilty in the Simpson memorabilia case and testified for the prosecution.

District Attorney David Roger, who obtained a conviction against Simpson, said police have yet to submit a criminal case against Miley.

“We’re gathering all the information to determine which charges are appropriate,” he said. “We’re also considering filing animal cruelty charges.”

Neither of the Mileys returned phone calls.

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