No Merit: Judge in Cleveland Strangler Case Says Complaints Against Her Lack Merit

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - New details in the ongoing judge saga in the Cleveland Strangler trial.

19 Action News has learned Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold has responded to a complaint filed against her with the State Supreme Court. Judge Strickland Saffold says the "claims are without merit." [Read the entire complaint HERE]

Defense attorneys claim Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold can't be fair about the case due to various conflicts. 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.

Attorney Rufus Sims says a courier took his formal complaint down to Columbus late Monday morning, asking that Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold be forced off the case. The complaint will be heard by acting Chief Justice Paul Pfeiffer.

Judge Strickland-Saffold filed a written opinion in with the court earlier this month saying she won't step down from the Sowell case.

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

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