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Former baliff for Judge Elizabeth Halverson dies

Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 21:33:00-04
A 46-year-old inmate at High Desert State Prison has died.
According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Johnnie Jordan was found unresponsive in his single cell located in the infirmary of High Desert State Prison on Sept. 30.
He died despite life-saving attempts by responding medical personnel.
Jordan had been incarcerated with the NDOC since June 9, 2010. He was serving a sentence of 10 years to life with parole for lewdness with a child under the age of 14. 
Jordan became first known as the bailiff who worked for several months for the former controversial District Court Judge Elizabeth Halverson. 
Jordan's tearful testimony helped oust Halverson in 2007. The former bailiff accused the judge of treating him like her personal slave, asking him to rub her feet and help put on her shoes. He also claimed that she asked him to spy on other judges.
Halverson was accused of multiple counts of misconduct, including creating a hostile work environment, falling asleep on the bench, improper communication with jurors and more.
Halverson, who was elected in 2007 and only served 5 months before being suspended, also had problems outside of the courtroom. She divorced Edward Halverson after hitting him with a frying pan during an argument in 2008.
Halverson died on March 1, 2014, at the age of 56.
The cause of death for Jordan was not given.