Frank Russo Testifies, Judge McCafferty Smokes, and a Juror Trips

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Frank Russo took to the stand yesterday to testify in the Fed's case against former Cuyahoga County Judge Bridget McCafferty as he looks to shed some time on his sentence on a variety of corruption and bribery charges. He's agreed to cooperate with the Feds as part of his plea deal.

During his three hours on the stand, Russo said he would call McCafferty about four times a year, and though he never blatantly said he wanted her to fix cases, the meaning of his calls was well understood. ""I didn't directly say 'Judge you must fix these cases' or say 'Judge you need to do this'," Russo said. "I would say, 'Bridget can you look out for this particular person'."

There weren't a tremendous amount of new revelations, but there were some snippets we loved. For instance: