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Suster temporarily replaces Cuyahoga judge facing criminal charges
Mason has been charged with felonious assault for allegedly attacking his wife
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Cuyahoga Judge Lance Mason is effectively on leave.
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A visiting judge has been appointed to handle the cases of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason until his legal troubles are resolved. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

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Mason is facing charges of felonious assault – accused of choking, punching and biting his estranged wife and then throwing her from their vehicle in Shaker Heights last Saturday. He was released on $65,000 bond Wednesday. And he’s not yet been indicted, which means he could return to the bench. 

But the court’s Presiding Judge John Russo announced today that retired Judge Ronald Suster will handle Mason’s civil and criminal cases effective Monday. Suster served on the Cuyahoga court from 1995 until 2012. 

Mason was a state senator and assistant prosecutor before former Gov. Ted Strickland appointed him to a judgeship. While his criminal case is pending, he’ll continue to collect his annual salary of more than $120,000.

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