Ex-Judge McCafferty Guilty of Slow Driving

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CLEVELAND — Former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty appeared in court Thursday morning for a misdemeanor traffic trial.

McCafferty entered both guilty and no contest pleas in Cleveland Municipal Court on charges of reckless operation and slow speed, in relation to an accident earlier this summer. She was found guilty on the slow speed charge and fined $100. She’ll also receive two points on her driver’s license. The reckless operation charge was dropped.

McCafferty initially pleaded not guilty to both charges back in August.

Police say on July 18, McCafferty was driving on I-90 eastbound near East 152nd Street when “she almost stopped to get off of 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.

McCafferty, 46, was convicted in connection with the Cuyahoga County corruption probe in March of 2011. She was found guilty on 10 counts of lying to the FBI during its investigation and sentenced to 14 months in federal prison.

McCafferty reported to a correction facility in Alderson, West Virginia, in September of 2011. In June, she transferred to a Cleveland-area halfway house.

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

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— Fox 8 News reporter Elisa Amigo contributed to this report.

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