LAS VEGAS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A Las Vegas judge whose courtroom is adorned with photos of basset hounds said the decor is aimed at highlighting animal overpopulation.
District Judge Kathleen Delaney, who is known at the Clark County Regional Justice Center for wearing a bright green robe and decorating courtroom A on the 15th floor with photos of basset hounds, said all of the dogs in the pictures were rescued, the Las Vegas Sun reported Monday.
Delaney, president of Las Vegas Basset Rescue, said the canine decor in her courtroom is aimed at showcasing the rescue program and raising awareness of animal overpopulation issues.
"This isn't me trying to say, 'Look, I like basset hounds,'" she said.
The judge said the dog pictures do not cause any distractions during court proceedings.
"I think people tend to forget that it's there when the serious business is going on," she told the Sun. "I think what matters is the seriousness of whatever is going on in the courtroom."
Delaney said the pictures also serve one other important purpose.
"It makes me happy," Delaney said. "I assume everyone in court would want to have a happy judge."