Judge Shirley Saffold Has Long History of Courtroom Wackiness

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Amid what could be the biggest, grisliest murder trial in Cleveland history, Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold has demonstrated an uncanny gift for making herself the story.

Assigned to the Anthony Sowell murder case, Saffold found herself in hot water over dozens of online comments left at cleveland.com related to proceedings in her courtroom — comments The Plain Dealer traced back to Saffold’s e-mail address.

Earlier this month, the paper exposed Saffold again for her habit of disregarding the law when she’s off the clock: The honorable judge has racked up more than $1,000 in unpaid traffic fines in recent years.

But judicial scholars may recall that Saffold holds a long-standing patent on courtroom crazy, which can be traced at least as far back as 1996. That’s when she used her position to advise one troubled teen to use what God gave her to land a man in a higher tax bracket.

Her advice after the jump.

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