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LISTEN: Judge urges felon to behave so she can vote for Trump in 2020 — and it wasn’t the first time

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A Nevada judge urged a defendant during a hearing to behave so she could cast a ballot for Donald Trump in 2020 — and it wasn’t the first time that judge expressed such a sentiment.

Records uncovered by The Nevada Independent show that during an August 31 sentencing hearing, Clark County District Court Judge Susan Johnson suggested a female defendent should meet all her probation requirements so that she’d be able to vote for Trump in the next presidential election.

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“What I’m hoping is that you will do everything you’re supposed to do so that you can get all of your civil rights, your liberties, restored to you,” Judge Johnson told defendant Monique Fresquez. “Okay? So if you do everything I tell you to do, you will have your civil rights restored in about three years. You’ll be able to vote for Mr. Trump, I’m sure he could use your vote.”

According to the newspaper, it was the third known time Johnson urged a defendant to meet probation requirements so as to be able to vote for Trump, which she said was a joke meant to put them “at ease.”

In a statement provided to The Nevada Independent, Johnson said her comments were “intended to serve as an example of what the restoration of civil rights means.”

“It was meant to be informational only and was, in no way, intended as an endorsement of any candidate,” the judge said. “I have since revised how I present the information so there is no misinterpretation.”

Attorney Joel Mann, who represented another of the probationers Johnson made her “joke” about Trump to, said he didn’t find it funny and was “shocked” by the statement.

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The report also notes that Nevada’s judicial code of conduct prohibits statements that “publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for any public office,” as well as “words or conduct manifest bias or prejudice, or engage in harassment” that are based in “political affiliation.”

You can listen to Johnson’s statement to Fresquez below, via The Nevada Independent.

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