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Calif. Judge Stabbed By Defendant Is Physically Fine, Struggling Emotionally

Posted Mar 9, 2009 6:22 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Less than a week after being stabbed by the defendant in a murder case, a California judge is back on the job.

But San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox hasn't yet returned to the bench. Her courtroom, in which a Lodi police detective shot and killed the defendant as he was stabbing the judge with a six-inch shank he had smuggled in from jail, is still being worked on, according to the Stockton Record.

And Fox is still struggling to regain her emotional equilibrium. “I’m so grateful to be alive," she tells the newspaper, crediting Detective Eric Bradley for saving her life by shooting to death the defendant, 29-year-old David Paradiso.

Physically, I’m healing, but emotionally …” the judge said, ending the interview when she was unable to continue.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Calif. Courtroom Melee: Defendant Stabs Judge, Is Shot Dead By Detective"

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