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July 25, 2014

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Justices refuse to delay disciplinary hearing of Judge Jones

Judge Steve Jones

Judge Steve Jones

The Nevada Supreme Court Friday rejected the latest attempt by suspended Clark County District Judge Steven Jones to delay a disciplinary hearing scheduled to begin Dec. 2 in Las Vegas.

The court said a postponement of the hearing by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline is not warranted.

The unanimous ruling said among other things that Jones failed to show he would suffer "irreparable or serious injury" if the stay was denied. The court upheld the ruling of District Judge Kathleen Delaney, who dismissed the latest legal action by Jones.

Jones is accused of presiding over cases involving the son of his girlfriend, Deputy District Attorney Lisa Willard, in which she was involved. Jones has denied the allegation.

The commission originally set the hearing for March 11 this year and then rescheduled it for June 24. Jones had filed suits saying his constitutional rights were violated during the investigation by the commission.

Jones said the investigator relied on "misleading and inflammatory" evidence. He said the investigation showed Willard's son never was involved in a case as charged in the complaint by the commission.

This is the latest in Jones' unsuccessful court efforts to sidetrack the hearings.

The commission suspended Jones after he was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2012 on mail and security fraud and money laundering in an alleged scheme to bilk investors out of $3 million. His trial on those charges is set for next year.

Despite his suspension, he has continued to receive his $200,000 salary.

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