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Old 11-17-2010, 08:39 PM
JennyMCa JennyMCa is offline
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Default Indicted Ohio Judge Bridget McCafferty

Judge McCafferty who, by all accounts, is probably not the smartest ex judge in the US was indicted on September 15, 2010 for lying to the FBI. She went on to run for re-election and thankfully Cuyahoga County voters did not re-elect her but it took a substantial effort to keep her from a third term.

As she was leaving her indictment, McCafferty found herself a bunch of local TV news people outside and engaged them all in a cheerful discussion while her as her now former attorney wandered around in the background evidently stunned that McCafferty was openly discussing her situation with the media in front of court.

Being indicted didn't stop McCafferty from running for re-election. She could have continued to collect her $120,000 salary at least until her trial in September, 2011, though prevented from being on the bench under indictment she wanted taxpayers to continue paying her. http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2010/10/what_judge_bridget_mccafferty.html

Fortunately she did not win. http://www.cleveland.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/11/indicted_judge_mccafferty_lose.html

Not so fortunately, 125,000 people voted for her anyway. http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2010/11/mccafferty_exits_the_cuyahoga.html

Michael Astrab who was elected as McCafferty's Republican opponent has inherited a nightmare from ex Judge McCafferty. At her indictment back on September 15, McCafferty had been in a big hurry to avoid making a plea, she wanted to zip on back to work after, but she couldn't make a $50,000 bail deal unless she stepped off the bench. Seems there were 300 ignored civil cases piled up in McCafferty's chambers. She hadn't gotten around to them but wasn't smart enough somehow disguise them or dispose of them. http://t.mediaglow.com/384619392

Whether you happen to live in Cuyahoga County or not the problem with just walking into a voting booth and randomly selecting names or voting for people who are, say, under indictment is that someday you might end up in court in front of someone like McCafferty.

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