- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas judge who was criticized for ordering a public defender handcuffed in court last month has been ousted from office by voters.

Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen lost his seat on Tuesday to defense attorney and former prosecutor Amy “Joanne” Chelini.

Hafen’s decision May 23 to have attorney Zohra Bakhtary handcuffed drew a public protest from board members of the the 105-member Clark County Defenders Union.

It also prompted the 150-member Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice to seek an investigation by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline.

An official with the state judicial oversight panel says the election didn’t change the status of that request.

Hafen was first elected to a six-year term in 2010.


This story updates with a Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline official saying the election results don’t change a request for an investigation.

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