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Judge & PDs Chip In to Give Once-Homeless Defendant a Holiday Season Gift: $57 Restitution

Posted Dec 20, 2010 10:55 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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In his adjoining chambers, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCormick couldn't help but overhear the confab in a bailiff's office about a problem facing his colleague, Judge Jose Villanueva.

A once-homeless woman was getting her minor Ohio felony record expunged and, as part of the process, Villaneuva was going to waive fees. But he couldn't, by law, waive the $57 restitution, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

McCormick offered a solution: "Let's just chip in. Here's 20 bucks." And public defenders Jason Haller and Juan Hernandez anted up another $20 each, bringing the total to $60.

The unidentified woman wrote a profuse thank-you note, the newspaper reports.

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