Outburst by Las Vegas judge results in ethics charges – By David Ferrara (Las Vegas Review-Journal) / Sept 15 2020
A Las Vegas judge is facing ethics charges after an outburst directed at a potential juror during a child rape trial resulted in an overturned verdict.
The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline laid out formal allegations against District Judge Richard Scotti, who swore and hurled a pocket U.S. Constitution against a courtroom wall during jury selection in the 2017 trial of a man prosecutors said spent two years luring children with candy and molesting them in his northeast valley apartment complex.
Courtroom video captured the judge’s actions.
A prospective juror had told the judge she could not be unbiased because of her exposure to child abuse in her job as a nurse, according to court records.
Scotti, the commission’s prosecuting officer wrote last week, appeared to believe that was “a contrived excuse to avoid jury service.”