Judge To Receive Public Reprimand

LAS VEGAS -- A disciplinary panel decided to accept a public reprimand for a Nevada judge who faced charges that she kept such irregular court hours during a 2010 trial that she should be sanctioned.

An I-Team investigation of Judge Valorie Vega in 2010 revealed that she forced a jury to deliberate overnight to accommodate her vacation schedule.

Clark County District Court Judge Valorie Vega had asked the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline to skip an evidence hearing scheduled Monday in Las Vegas, and go ahead and issue the public reprimand for alleged discourtesy to jurors, lawyers and court officials.

In a statement released to the news media, she writes about 30 plus years serving the public in Nevada courts and being involved in thousands of cases.

"During the retrial of State v. Fakoya in December 2010, there were a number of factors which combined in a unique way resulting in a difficult timeline toward the conclusion of the trial. As the trial Judge, I take responsibility for that situation. This has been a learning experience. This timeline situation will never be repeated. I apologize to all who were inconvenienced by the timeline."

The seven-member commission accepted the deal instead of a public airing of accusations that Vega violated judicial rules by keeping jurors deliberating all night on a verdict because she was going on vacation the next day.

Vega also is accused of recessing proceedings early six times during the trial to attend her daughter's high school soccer games.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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