Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty, who was indicted last month for lying to the FBI, has requested a new attorney.
Attorney Henry Hilow represented McCafferty during her arraignment last month, at which time she pleaded not guilty, and at a subsequent pre-trial hearing. Now she and Hilow have asked that he be replaced by J. Michael Murray.
U.S. District Judge Kate O'Malley has yet to rule on the motion, which does not explain why the switch is being sought. Murray did not return messages left at his office.
Hilow said during the pre-trial conference in front of O'Malley that McCafferty may ask that her case be severed from her five co-defendants, which include County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. All six are scheduled for trial on Sept. 12, 2011.
Also seeking a new lawyer is Michael Gabor, another of the people scheduled for trial in September.
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