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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
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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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.                                                                       

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she made a mistake,did her time,,everyone needs a second chance


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