I was tipped to this version of the story about the errant Judge Saffold and her ill-advised anonymous comments about lawyers and cases pending in front of her by Above the Law. Follow the link to the NPR interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer editor, Susan Goldberg who has presided over the newspaper's decision to out Judge Saffold as the anonymous commentator at their website. Judge Saffold,as I reported here on Bad Lawyer is commenting online about an alleged serial killer's African-American attorney in the rankest sort of racial imagery. Irony of irony, the Judge is African-American.
Of course, the Judge is blaming the media for her misconduct. It's a wild tale, Saffold reports from the bench in open court that she was "assaulted" by a Plain Dealer reporter at an editorial-endorsement meeting years before; an account persuasively refuted by the paper's senior editor. Clearly there is much bad blood between the paper and the Judge.
This week the Judge refused a formal demand from attorney Rufus Sims, accused serial killer Anthony Sowell's attorney, to recuse herself from the case. Most assuredly, the appearance of impropriety created by the Judge will result in the Ohio Supreme Court removing her. Fortuantely, or unfortunately for Mr. Sims and his client, that court has its hands full since long-time Chief Justice Thomas Moyer died unexpectedly over the weekend.
We'll, keep an eye on this judicial train wreck and the implications for the serial killer of 11 Cleveland-area poor black women.