Judge Mathew Harter of the Clark County Family Court passed away on Wednesday at the age of 56. Let’s see more about his cause of death.
How Did Judge Mathew Harter Die?
Judge Mathew Harter of the Clark County Family Court passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the age of 56, according to the local coroner. KTNV/LAS VEGAS — Judge Mathew Harter of the Clark County Family Court passed away on Wednesday at the age of 56, according to the coroner’s office. 5-hour period
After 14 years on the bench, a judge for the Family Court in Clark County passed away on Wednesday.
Mathew Harter Cause Of Death
According to the county coroner’s office, Judge Mathew Harter, who oversaw Family Court Department N, passed away at University Medical Center shortly after 11 a.m. on Wednesday. He was 56.
The official cause and manner of death for Harter remained under investigation, according to the coroner’s office.
Harter’s family pleaded with anyone “struggling with mental health difficulties to immediately seek quick help from loved ones and certified professionals” in a statement sent by lawyer Steve Dixon on Wednesday night.
Dixon further mentioned that Harter’s wife asked that the suicide prevention hotline number be included in news stories regarding her husband’s passing.
The statement from Harter’s family read, “In this terrible time we are very grieved by the loss of our dear husband, father, and friend.” “Mathew’s passing is tragic for everyone who knew him. We are appreciative of the love and support we have already received from so many relatives and friends, including the lawyers and other judges with whom he had professional relationships. We think he returned home to a better location.
In a note to fellow judges on Wednesday afternoon, Chief District Judge Jerry Wiese shared the news of Harter’s passing.
According to a copy of the email acquired by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Wiese wrote, “It is with great regret that I let you know, it was just reported to me that Judge Harter passed away today.”
Wiese didn’t specify how Harter passed away.
The chief judge stated, “Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Who Was Mathew Harter?
Harter was originally chosen to serve on the bench in 2008; he was re-elected in 2014; and in 2020, he faced no opposition. From 2004 to 2008, he also worked as an arbitrator in District Court.
In 2018, he ran unsuccessfully against Lidia Stiglich for the Nevada Supreme Court.
Harter identified as “conservative” and “a textualist” in his judicial opinions when he ran for the Supreme Court position. Harter stated that he has always desired to provide judicial service to his native state in the 2018 voter guide published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Family law attorney Louis Schneider, who has known Harter for 16 years, said he was shocked to learn of his friend’s passing.
There will be a lot of hurt people as a result of this, he said.
According to his biography on the District Court website, Harter was born in Reno and has lived in Las Vegas ever since he was a little child. He was married and had eight kids as well as a granddaughter.
Harter graduated from Bonanza High School in 1984, went to UNLV, and then earned a law degree from Western Michigan University in 1994, according to the Review-2018 Journal’s voter guide.
In the Review-2013 Journal’s Judicial Performance Evaluation, Harter received a retention score of 71 percent; by the 2019 review, that score had decreased to 48 percent, indicating that the majority of responding attorneys thought he should not be kept.
The lower score could have been the product of a smear campaign by the head of Veterans in Politics International, the judge told the newspaper at the time.
Harter, according to Schneider, still maintained a photo of Datthyn in his courtroom, and the loss hurt him for a long time.
“Marshal Bill” Datthyn was Harter’s closest friend, the judge told the Review-Journal at a memorial service shortly after his friend passed away. Prior to his death by drowning in 2017, Datthyn was a deputy marshal who worked in Harter’s courtroom.
Andrew Haynes tweeted,
Over a decade ago, I met Judge Mathew Harter. We had political dealings. Sad to hear that he ended his life. Not sure of the reason or reasons why, however, you never know what a person is going through or thinking. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, colleagues and court.
KTNV 13 Action News tweeted,
Clark County coroner confirms Family Court Judge Mathew Harter, 56, has died. The coroner’s office did not immediately release his cause of death.
Clark County family court Judge Mathew Harter dead at 56, coroner confirms #NewsBreak
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