Cuyahoga judge wants his corruption charges dismissed

1:12 PM, May 4, 2011   |    comments
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AKRON -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Steven S. Terry has asked U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi here to dismiss all five of the charges against him.

Terry's attorneys said that the charges involve him allegedly giving someone appearing before him an unfair advantage at the request of then-County Auditor Frank Russo and attorney Joe O'Malley.

Terry's trial is scheduled to begin June 6 before Lioi in Akron.

Terry's attorneys said it was a matter of law that had Terry take the action -- dismissing motions of summary judgement -- and there was no favoritism, so the charges should be dropped.

Court documents allege that Russo specifically asked Terry to dismiss motions for summary judgment, which he subsequently did.

Terry, 53, was appointed in 2007. Prosecutors say he received help on his election campaign from Russo in exchange for favors, like hiring Russo's housemate, Michael Calabrese.

Terry was charged Sept. 15, 2010. O'Malley pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about Russo's help with the cases. Terry is the former director of the Cuyahoga County Justice Services office.


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