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Former Cuyahoga judge McCafferty facing indefinite law license suspension
State disciplinary board calls her a lacky for corrupt politicians Dimora and Russo, cites her confiction for lying to the FBI

Kevin Niedermier
Former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty was convicted of lying to the F.B.I. She now faces an indefinite suspension of her law license.
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Former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty could have her law license suspended for a long time for lying to the FBI. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, it’s more fallout from the county’s corruption scandal.

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Ohio’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline has recommended an indefinite suspension for McCafferty. The final decision will be made by the Ohio Supreme Court.

In 2011, McCafferty spent a year in prison for lying to the F.B.I. about wire-tapped recordings she had with now convicted Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo. In the tapes, McCafferty is heard praising the pair, and offering Russo the use of her courthouse chambers. Attorney Darrell Clay is chairman of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's grievance committee. He explains the state board’s recommendation.

“If the Supreme Court ultimately were to impose the recommendation of an indefinite suspension, that would mean that for a minimum period of two years she is precluded from filing a petition for reinstatement. So, (the suspension is for) a minimum of two years, but it could be longer.”

McCafferty had asked for just a two-year suspension. The state disciplinary board says she used her judgeship to advance her personal interests. And it did not accept her explanation that she believed she did her best to answer the FBI's  questions truthfully. The board could have recommended permanent disbarment.                                                                       

Listener Comments:

I asked a friend , familiar with the courts, if Rehabilitaion in cases like Ms. Mcafferty's was available...She said there is none..

Am I the only person who thinks that the McCafferties of the world-- folks who are educated,bright, youthful, and full of energy need to be offered some type of rehabilitation if they experience remorse for their crimes?...As citizens we can't lie to the FBI..Our countries liberties are built on the fact that its justice system requires dependence on faith, and trust in its transactions.
I just don't see how throwing out a potentially good attorney, does much for us as a species..
I would reinstate her to the Ohio Bar, and assign her o a humanitarian agency such as Legal Aide society....I'm a firm believer in learning by doing...ThanYou..Judy Pugsley Rocky River Ohio

Posted by: Judy Pugsley (Rocky River, Ohio 44116) on May 19, 2015 8:05AM
she made a mistake,did her time,,everyone needs a second chance

Posted by: billy (lakewood,ohio) on August 6, 2013 7:08AM
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