A one-time legal assistant to ousted District Judge Elizabeth Halverson won a $50,000 judgment Tuesday in the defamation case she filed against Halverson in 2007.
District Judge David Wall on Tuesday ordered Halverson to pay the money and to return files to the assistant, Ileen Spoor. However, Wall denied Spoor’s claim for $100,000 in punitive damages.
Halverson did not attend the proceedings. Unless an appeal is filed, the order effectively ended the civil lawsuit against her.
Spoor alleged in her lawsuit that she was defamed and placed in a false light, contending the judge lied about her to the media by saying Spoor illegally fixed tickets.
Spoor also said Halverson took her Rolodex and files.
Halverson was found liable in September after she failed to show up for several court appearances.
She has been representing herself since January, after two law firms hired by her were allowed to withdraw as counsel because she wasn’t paying them.
Spoor said she is relieved the case is over.
“I feel good about this,” she said.
Halverson took the bench in early 2007. Soon after she began serving, she was accused of harassing staff and mishandling trials, among other allegations.
The Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission removed her from the bench in November 2008 and permanently barred her from serving as a judge.
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Ex-Judge Halverson Ordered to Pay Former Assitant $50,000