Denied!: Judge Saffold Rules she will not Remove herself from the Cleveland Strangler Case

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - New developments in the high-profile case of the Cleveland Strangler.

The judge in the case - Judge Shirley Strickland-Saffold - has just filed a written opinion with the court.

In which, Strickland-Saffold reiterates the fact that she is not going to recuse herself from the case. She says she finds "no basis in fact or law for recusal."

Her official response comes as cries grow louder for her to step down. Lawyers for accused serial killer Anthony Sowell want Judge Strickland-Saffold off the case. They feel the judge has conflicts with the case and would not be fair. They also point out the Judge is suing the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The paper says comments about the case were traced to her e-mail account.

Defense attorneys plan to go to the state Supreme Court and file a complaint on Monday.

The bodies of eleven women were found in and around Anthony Sowell's Imperial Avenue property last November. He faces the death penalty.

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