December 27, 2022

Fiore will fill a seat on the Pahrump Justice Court in Nye County through 2024. Vote was unanimous. From the Board of County Commissioners meeting:

At the final Board of County Commissioners meeting of the year, the board revealed their choice for the appointment of the Pahrump Justice of the Peace to replace the seat vacated by the late Kent Jasperson. The winner is Former Clark County Councilwoman Michelle Fiore who will serve Jasperson’s remaining two year term following his August death from cancer. Fiore says she plans to go to school to get a law degree while she is on the bench in Pahrump, currently no law degree is required to serve as Justice of the Peace.

Source: Associated Press

Las Vegas (AP) — Following years of controversy, a former Las Vegas city councilwoman who moved to a rural Nevada county after losing a bid in November for statewide office was appointed unanimously Tuesday evening to a local judgeship.

Republican firebrand Michele Fiore, who does not have a law degree, will fill a seat on the Pahrump Justice Court in Nye County through 2024. Pahrump is located about 65 miles (100 kilometers) west of Las Vegas.

Her appointment to the bench over 17 other applicants marks the latest chapter in a decade-long political career marked by scandal – including reports of an FBI probe into her campaign finances and accusations of physical assault.

In a pitch to Nye County commissioners Tuesday night, Fiore said she would approach the judgeship with “integrity and honesty" because she has “been at the end of the political barrel.”

An "interesting" choice to be sure, considering Fiore's own legal troubles over the years.

FBI agents subpoenaed records and searched Fiore's home last year in northwest Las Vegas in connection with her campaign spending, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Earlier this year, she was sued by Las Vegas Councilwoman Victoria Seaman, who accused Fiore of breaking her finger in a physical fight at City Hall in January. The two were once good friends and close political allies.

And while serving in the state Assembly from 2012 to 2016, Fiore gained national attention for her support of rancher Cliven Bundy and his family during armed standoffs between militiamen and federal law enforcement officers in Bunkerville, Nevada, in 2014 and Malheur, Oregon, in 2016.

Yes, all the qualities one would want in a judge: even temperament and sound judgment abound with this one. Oh, and she's handy with firearms too.

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