Lawyer claims judicial bias over Jewish holiday

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas attorney is calling a sitting Nevada judge biased because she wouldn't suspend a medical malpractice and wrongful death trial for two days to accommodate his Jewish religious holiday observance.

Attorney Jacob Hafter tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1tEnUNx ) that Clark County District Court Judge Valorie Vega wouldn't him to let him take Wednesday and Thursday off while he marks Shavuot (shah-vuh-AHT').

Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case argued that the trial had been scheduled for months.

Vega denied Hafter's request.

The holiday is a high holy day marking the giving of the Torah to the nation of Israel.

Hafter is an orthodox Jew who is also running for Clark County District Court judge.

He says he also petitioned the state Supreme Court, but received no response.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com