Bridget McCafferty sentencing continued until Aug. 2

7:11 PM, Jul 17, 2011   |    comments
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AKRON -- Monday's 10 a.m. sentencing for former Cuyahoga County Judge Bridget McCafferty has been continued until 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2, according to the U.S. Attorney's office Sunday afternoon.

McCafferty, 45, is to be sentenced after being convicted March 25 in federal court on 10 counts of lying to the FBI. She faces five years in prison on each count.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi denied McCafferty's motion for a new trial. That motion involved questions about former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo's mental health when he was a witness in McCafferty's trial.

Lioi said, in denying the new trial, that Russo's request prior to McCafferty's trial for medication and counseling did not demonstrate a "significant deterioration in his mental health."

Russo was convicted on 21 counts and faces 22 years in prison. He is now cooperating with federal prosecutors and testifying in trials against other defendants. He testified against McCafferty and former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Steven Terry's trial so far.

Terry, 53, was found guilty June 13 of three of the five counts he was facing in the ongoing Cuyahoga County government corruption probe.

Russo is also scheduled to testify in January in the trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

On Sunday, the U.S. Attorney's office gave no reason for the sentencing continuance for McCafferty but late Thursday, after Lioi denied McCafferty a new trial, McCafferty filed another motion in federal court, asking Lioi to delay the sentencing.

The motion asked Lioi to delay sentencing until after McCafferty's appeal of her March 25 conviction is ruled upon.

In addition, the motion asked that, if Lioi does not grant that request, McCafferty asks that Lioi postpone having her sentence take effect immediately because of her mother's terminal illness.

A doctor's letter filed with the motion shows that McCafferty's mother was admitted into a hospice care facility on June 9 in the end stages of Alzheimer's disease.


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