Ex-judge has law license indefinitely suspended

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of a former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County judge convicted of lying to FBI agents.

A federal jury convicted Bridget McCafferty in August 2011 of 10 counts of making false statements concerning FBI-recorded telephone conversations she had with then-county auditor Frank Russo and a local businessman about cases in her courtroom. A judge sentenced her to 14 months in prison.

The Supreme Court released its 4-3 opinion Thursday to indefinitely suspend McCafferty's license instead of disbarring her and preventing her from practicing law again in Ohio.

Justices favoring disbarment cited her behavior and relationships with Russo and county commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Both men received long prison sentences for their roles in corruption schemes.

McCafferty's attorneys could not be immediately reached.