BANNED FROM THE BENCH FOR LIFE
Former Judge Conrad Hafen
By Joseph Snook
Las Vegas, Nevada – Former Judge Conrad Hafen has been banned for life from serving as a Judge in Nevada by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline. The main point was he’d ordered a public defender to be “handcuffed” following oral arguments to keep a client out of jail.
Hafen lost his bid for re-election in June of 2016. He then represented himself before the disciplinary commission, resulting in his permanent expulsion from the bench.
Hafen admitted he was not, “patient, dignified and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, court staff, court officials and others he dealt with in his official capacity.” He also admitted that he did not, “perform all duties of his judicial office fairly and impartially…” Furthering his disgrace, he admitting failure to, “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence…”
Clark County Deputy Public Defender Zohra Bakhtary, whom he had ordered to be “cuffed” reportedly stated, according to AP that, “she respects the ruling.”