SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason was arraigned on a charge of felonious assault Monday morning in a Shaker Heights municipal courtroom.
The charges stem from a domestic violence incident that took place Saturday afternoon on Van Aken Blvd. around 12:15 p.m.
911 callers reported seeing people fighting inside a car, the car swerving and the horn blowing before the car came to a sudden stop.
According to police Judge Mason punched his wife in the face several times, choked and bit her. Their children were present when the attack happened.
Cleveland Police arrested him at 2:45 p.m. at his Cleveland home. He's been locked up since August 2 with no bond.
He was given a $65,000 bond in court.
Police said during Judge Mason's arrest, he made suicidal statements to them. Because of that, the Judge K.J. Montgomery ordered a psychiatric evaluation be performed before he is released from jail. His evaluation will take place Tuesday.
Other conditions of his release include a full protection order granted to the victim. Judge Mason is not allowed to be within 500 feet of his wife or their two children. The children were present during the altercation.
Mrs. Mason was taken to a local hospital with serious facial injuries. Her condition is unknown.
Judge Mason was originally appointed to the court by former Governor Ted Strickland in August 2008.
He was under consideration to speak to families of children with Down's syndrome at a big event this fall.
He'll be back in court on August 13.
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