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Family Court marshal accused of excessive force suspended

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Updated: 1/20 4:24 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A Family Court marshal whose name has been surfacing in misconduct allegations has been suspended. Law enforcement sources say he became unassigned as of Wednesday.

"He's very nice, he's very personable, always [says] 'Hello. How are you? How is your day going?' Very, very nice," said family law attorney Amanda Roberts.

Roberts is in court frequently and knows marshal Steve Rushfield.

"Steve is a great guy. He's always been nice to us. We've had no problems with him at our firm. He's been great with our clients. So personally, I have no issues with him or the way he has handled anything, regarding my clients," Roberts said.

Law enforcement sources tell News 3, Rushfield has been accused of using excessive force and misconduct. This includes allegations of choking a woman in 2010.

"It shocks me because the marshals are there for a specific purpose, and I'm shocked by the fact that there are the allegations that have gone on regarding the marshals at family court and I know that it's an ongoing issue over the last 12 months," Roberts said.

Roberts says the environment of marshals is different at the Regional Justice Center than at Family Court where, she says, it's more relaxed and less rigid. She also says she and others have noticed a turnover with marshals at Family Court.

There is no word on how long Rushfield's suspension would last and whether he is being paid. He is currently unassigned as of yesterday, sources say.

News 3 reached out to District Court and the following statement was provided:

"While we can't comment on any specific case which involves personnel matters, in general terms, the court may suspend someone while an investigation is conducted into allegations of serious misconduct."

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