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October 7, 2015

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Judge Valorie Vega accepts public reprimand


Steve Marcus

Judge Valorie Vega presides over the trial of Victor Fakoya at the Regional Justice Center on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.

Clark County District Judge Valorie Vegas has agreed to accept a public reprimand and admits she recessed a trial early on six occasions to attend her daughter’s high school soccer games.

Vega and special prosecutor Mary Boetsch filed a stipulation to the charges filed by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline.

The commission had scheduled a disciplinary hearing starting Monday in Las Vegas to consider the allegations.

The commission still must accept the stipulation.

Vega presided over the retrial of Victor O. Fakoya who was accused of first degree murder. She kept the jury overnight until 6:57 a.m. to reach a verdict.

The charge against Vega said she “did so for various reasons, including but not limited to her personal schedule and thus Respondent (Vega) was not courteous to the individuals involved at trial.”

Fakoya was acquitted of murder in the death of a child.

In November and December 2010, she recessed a trial in the court in early afternoon six times to attend her daughter’s soccer games, according to the charges.

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