CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Defense lawyers in the Cleveland Strangler case are threatening to go all the way to the State Supreme Court in an effort to get a new judge.
Monday, Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold refused to recuse herself, so now the defense wants to force her off.
They don't believe the accused can get a fair trial as long as Judge Saffold presides.
Judge Saffold is under fire for e-mails tied to her computer account.
The e-mails were critical of defense lawyer Rufus Sims and even referred to his quote "Amos and Andy" mouth.
They were sent to a newspaper from the judge's computer.
Judge Saffold denies sending the emails.
Meantime, Anthony Sowell has pleaded not guilty to his latest charges.
He's accused in another sex assault on a woman who survived the attack.
Sowell is already suspected of killing 11 women and attacking four others.