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Big Bucks: Judge in Cleveland Strangler Case Files $50M Lawsuit Against the Plain Dealer

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A multi-million dollar lawsuit just filed by a Cleveland judge against the Cleveland Plain Dealer. [Read a copy of the complaint HERE]

At 3:30PM on Wednesday afternoon, Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold and her daughter, Sydney Saffold, filed a complaint seeking $25 million in damages and another $25 million punitive damages against The Cleveland Plain Dealer, its parent company Advance Publications, Inc., and the various entities responsible for Cleveland.com.

The complaint alleges claims that the Plain Dealer, its editor Susan Goldberg, and unknown reporters conspired with the entities that controlled the confidential registration information, including Cleveland Live LLC, Advance Internet Inc., and Advance Publications, Inc. to release information that was promised to be anonymous.

The Privacy Statement on Cleveland.com provides that "personally identifying information is protected" and contains promises to "protect your privacy."

Some of those comments slammed Attorney Rufus Sims. He's the lawyer for suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell.

Judge Strickland is presiding over that case.

Sims asked the judge to step down from the case, but she has refused.

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