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Goodsprings Township Justice Of The Peace Resigns

A judge in a small Nevada town has resigned following accusations of ethical lapses and abuse of power after 17 years on the bench.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Goodsprings Township Justice of the Peace Dawn Haviland resigned September 18, less than a month after she was suspended without pay for one year.

Haviland was accused of sealing criminal records for family members and ordering court staff to conduct illegal criminal records searches.

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Haviland’s attorney said the judge could not afford the judicial education classes ordered as part of her punishment. Haviland’s six-year term would have expired in 2018.