Judge Steven Jones (on the far right) sits with his attorney.
LAS VEGAS -- A suspended local judge appeared in front of seven Nevada Supreme Court justices Monday in an effort to get an ongoing case against him dismissed.
The case involves allegations of financial misconduct by Family Court Judge Steven Jones. This case is separate from federal allegations of financial fraud and an alleged inappropriate relationship with a prosecutor.
Jones' attorney, Jim Jimmerson, told the justices that the financial misconduct case dates back to 2006, but Jones wasn't informed about the investigation by the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission until 2012. Jimmerson argued it is a violation of the statute of limitations and has damaged the judge's reputation.
"If you wait to the very end, you've destroyed a man's career and his life's work and tossed his name through the mud," Jimmerson said.
"He came to the Supreme Court way too early. He didn't make those claims before the commission on judicial discipline," said Brian Hutchins, Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission.
If the Supreme Court decides in favor of Judge Jones, it could weaken the Judicial Discipline Commission's case against him increasing the likelihood that Jones stays on the bench. If the Supreme Court decides in favor of the commission, Jones has to defend himself from the 2006 financial misconduct allegations.
In the meantime, the commission continues looking into claims that Jones had a romantic relationship with a prosecutor while she tried cases in his courtroom. Judge Jones is also indicted by the U.S. Attorney's office on a multimillion dollar investment scheme. Jones has denied all of the allegations against him.
The I-Team showed the impact Jones absence from the bench has created for the Family Court. Numerous cases are being delayed.