Law: A Bad Courthouse Soap Opera

In Cleveland, charges of influence peddling and a judge's jilting

The whole thing, said one involved lawyer, was "a bizarre situation that reads like a bad script for a television soap opera." To be called, possibly, Scandal in the Courtroom, or maybe just The Judges. For the principal players in a black-robe drama currently unfolding in Cleveland are two federal judges. One has been accused of helping relatives and friends to get lucrative fees and jobs. The other has been accused of making some of the charges—baselessly—in order to get revenge on a lawyer-lover who jilted her.

The plot begins at a 1981...

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