Former Cuyahoga Judge Heads Back to Court for Misdemeanor

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CLEVELAND -- After spending months in a federal prison for corruption-related charges, former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty is headed back to court for a misdemeanor traffic trial.

Thursday morning, McCafferty will face a Cleveland Municipal Court Judge on charges of "reckless operation" and "slow speed" stemming from a traffic stop that happened at 12:20 p.m. on July 18th.

Police say McCafferty was driving on I-90 eastbound near East 152nd Street when she stated she "almost stopped to get off the freeway."

McCafferty's attorney would not comment on the nature of the accident, only to say that McCafferty was driving in a funeral procession.

Last year, McCafferty was convicted on 10 counts of lying to the FBI and was sentenced to 14 months in a federal prison in West Virginia. In June, she became eligible for "residential re-entry" and was transferred from prison to a half-way house on East 55th Street in Cleveland.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Federal Prisons in Cincinnati says he's not sure if this case will affect McCafferty's release. As long as her behavior is good, she is expected to be placed on probation this September. 

McCafferty is expected to be in court for her trial.