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Judge Joseph D. Russo

Judge Joseph D. Russo

It is with heavy hearts that the Court announces that Judge Joseph D. Russo passed away unexpectedly last night, Saturday, October 2, 2021, at the age of 59.


Judge Russo joined our Bench in January of 2001. He was a graduate of St. Joseph High School and Case Western Reserve University. He received his law degree in 1991 from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


“Joe Russo has been my colleague on the Bench for 12 years, and his loss will be felt by the legal community and the citizens of Cuyahoga County,” says Administrative and Presiding Judge Brendan J. Sheehan. ”Our thoughts and prayers are with Judge Russo’s family and friends.”


The Ohio Supreme Court will appoint a visiting Judge to preside over Judge Russo’s docket until a replacement is appointed by Ohio Governor Michael DeWine.


“We lost Judge Russo just four days after the passing of Judge Nancy McDonnell,” adds Judge Sheehan. “As a Court family our grief is doubled at this time.”