Las Vegas judge banned from bench after handcuffing public defender
Ousted Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen will never again serve as a judge in Nevada, according to the state’s Commission on Judicial Discipline.
Hafen also agreed to public censure and admitted that he violated judicial canons, according to the resolution posted online Monday as the result of four complaints filed with the commission.
He specifically admitted he failed to “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary;” did not uphold the law and “perform all duties of his judicial office fairly and impartially;” and was not “patient, dignified and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, court staff, court officials and others he dealt with in his official capacity.”
Hafen drew criticism from groups of defense attorneys after ordering a lawyer handcuffed in court in May.