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2 Vegas justices of the peace face hearings by commission

November 9, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Las Vegas justices of the peace face hearings and possible suspension in the wake of allegations being considered by a state commission.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that papers filed Friday with the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline don’t detail the allegations but say Justices of the Peace Amy Chelini and Melanie Andress-Tobiasson pose “a substantial threat of serious harm to the public or administration of justice.”

Lawyers for the judges deny the allegations and said they’ll be contested.

A lawyer for Tobiasson, Bill Terry, says the allegations don’t involve judicial misconduct such as bias or competency but stem from a grievance by court personnel.

Tom Pitaro, Chelini’s attorney, said there’s no allegation that his client doesn’t run “a fair, efficient and just courtroom.”