The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline appointed a special counsel who filed formal charges against Judge Ballou on January 24, accusing her of violating rules related to promoting public confidence and avoiding impropriety.
The charges stem from a Facebook photo shared in April 2022, showing Judge Ballou with Clark County Public Defenders Shana Brouwers and Robson Hauser in a hot tub, with a caption deemed inappropriate by the commission.
The commission alleges that Judge Ballou’s social media activity violated rules aimed at ensuring judges maintain impartiality and integrity, refraining from actions that could undermine public confidence. The judge’s posts, according to the commission, created an appearance of impropriety.
In the new post on the social media platform, she quotes profane lyrics from Cardi B’s song “Get Up 10.” The lyrics included lines like, “Went from makin’ tuna sandwiches to makin’ the news,” and “I started speakin’ my mind and tripled my views. Get money, go hard…”
The judge’s remarks included statements about the challenges faced by Black individuals when encountering law enforcement. The Las Vegas Police Protective Association union demanded her resignation and an ethics investigation following these comments.