Bridget McCafferty, a former judge in Cuyahoga County, OH who had sworn to uphold the law, has been sentenced to fourteen months in prison for lying to FBI agents in a corruption investigation which so far has hit about fifty officials, businessmen and lawyers as reported by John Caniglia for The Plain Dealer: "McCafferty also stared expressionless as a federal prosecutor said the former judge lied to agents 'to protect her political godfathers,' a point referring to former county Auditor Frank Russo and Commissioner Jimmy Dimora who were close allies of McCafferty."
Russo pleaded guilty last September to 21 corruption counts, and was sentenced last December to 22 years in prison. He now is cooperating with federal prosecutors, and testified at the trial in March against McCafferty. Dimora was indicted last September on racketeering, bribery and other charges, and is scheduled for trial on January 4.
McCafferty will serve her time at the federal prison camp in Alderson, WV whose alumnae include Martha Stewart.