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Judge linked to corruption loses race in Cuyahoga County
Judge Russo was linked to corruption in Cuyahoga County's former government structure
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
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A juvenile court judge accused of fixing cases for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has come in dead last in a five-way race to retain his seat. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
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Cuyahoga County Juvenile Judge Joseph Russo received less than 13 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. His fellow Democrats, Frankie Goldberg and William McGinty, each more than doubled Russo's numbers.  

Former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, no relation, testified in the corruption trial of Jimmy Dimora last month that he and Dimora would call judges for favors. He named Joseph Russo as well as Bridgette McCafferty, who is already in prison, and several others.

Judge Russo was first elected in 1998. The Plain Dealer reports that his law license was suspended for a year in 2010 after several incidents involving drunken fights with his girlfriend.  The court offered to stay the suspension so long as Russo continued alcohol treatment.

In the judge's race, Frankie Goldberg will now face Republican Denise Nancy Rini for the seat this fall.
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