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Prosecutors look to Judge Terry's case as precedent

1:08 PM, Oct 29, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A judge who resigned after being caught in a county corruption investigation in Cleveland has been ordered to cash out his retirement fund and pay $57,000 for fixing cases.

The Plain Dealer newspaper (http://bit.ly/uFwuny ) reports prosecutors hope a federal judge's ruling against former Cuyahoga County Judge Steven Terry means they can get money from other corrupt officials' pensions.

The prosecutor who runs the forfeiture section of the U.S. Attorney's Office says it's the first time he could get assets from a defendant's account in the Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio.

State law allows pension money to be seized from some convicted government officials.

Terry was sentenced to more than five years in prison for fixing a foreclosure case and doing campaign work with court employees on county time.

The Associated Press

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