Judge accused of punching, biting wife appears in court

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge was arraigned this morning on a felonious assault charge.

Judge Lance Mason’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf at the hearing. Mason was arrested by Shaker Heights police in August.

A trial date has been set for Aug. 17. A final pretrial is set for Aug. 4.

The charges stem from an argument that allegedly started in a car then escalated. Mason is accused of punching, choking and biting his wife.

Part of the alleged assault happened in Shaker Heights. Mason was later arrested at his home in Cleveland.

Mason’s children were present during part of the alleged assault, officials have said.

Mason’s defense attorney said his 46-year-old client is a former state senator and has no violence in his past with no desire to hurt himself or anyone else.‎

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