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Judge attacked; husband charged

September 06, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An ex-convict has been arrested on suspicion of trying to kill his wife, a suspended state judge facing misconduct charges on -- among other things -- allegations that she had her husband sworn in to ask if he'd completed his chores at home.

Elizabeth Halverson, 50, was found in her Las Vegas home late Thursday with severe face, chest and upper arm injuries. She told officers that her husband, Edward, had beaten her and had tried to kill her, police said.

"He hit her with a frying pan," Officer Jose Montoya said.

Edward Halverson, 49, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon and battery domestic violence. His wife was in intensive care after surgery, Montoya said .

Records show Halverson was convicted of cocaine possession in Texas in 1988.

Elizabeth Halverson was suspended from the bench in July 2007, six months after being sworn in. The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline filed 14 formal charges, including creating a hostile work environment, hiring a technician to try to hack into the courthouse computer system, causing mistrials in two sexual assault cases by improperly meeting with jurors, hiring her own security guards, and falling asleep on the bench.

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