Math is a difficult subject. But, maybe we aren’t Pythagoras, but we can say that three Cuyahoga County Judges have died in nine days, immediately after getting the vaccines, and that’s a severe problem.
Cleveland 19 reported:
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Judge Jones served on the bench there since 2009, more than 12 years.
He also held a seat as a Cleveland Municipal Court judge for 21 years.
Jones worked as an assistant prosecutor and councilperson before becoming a judge, according to a news release from the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals.
Jones is the third Cuyahoga County judge to pass away in the last two weeks.
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge Joseph Russo died on Oct. 2 at 59 years old.
Nancy McDonnell, the first female Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge, died on Sept. 28.
The story gets more complicated when we acknowledge it has occurred after the controversial mandate at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judges vote to require COVID-19 vaccines for all employees https://t.co/1uQNEyoNIS
— WKYC 3News (@wkyc) August 17, 2021
WKYC reported on the mandate:
“…the vote was done by a majority and all employees, excluding those with medical or religious exemptions, will be required to get the shot…”
“…This vote was taken with a collaborative effort by the Administrative Judges of the Court of Appeals and the four divisions of the Common Pleas Court: General Court, Probate Court, Domestic Relations Court, and Juvenile Court…”
“…The judges of each division said that as public servants, they have an obligation to protect the health and safety of those who have to come into their courtroom, especially as the delta variant spreads rapidly in the U.S…”
“We are public servants. When people come to the Justice Center, many of them do so because they are required to appear in our buildings. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have followed CDC guidance and guidance from the state and county Boards of Health. On this issue, it is no different. We can protect our employees and the community we serve by being vaccinated,” adds Judge Sheehan, who resides over the General Division.
“We believe in the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and that this decision protects the health of our employees and the community we serve,” says Probate Court Presiding Judge Anthony J. Russo.”
The deaths of the judges’ Jones and Russo were sudden.
Also, we couldn’t find a specific cause of death for Judge McDonnell, but something interesting has happened there:
“Judge McDonnell was a trailblazer, serving as our Court’s first female Administrative and Presiding Judge from 2006-2009. Her nearly 25 years on the Bench were distinguished, and she brought compassion and caring to her role as a Judge,” the court said.
“…McDonnell most recently presided over the Cuyahoga County Drug Court.”
A separate local outlet in Cleveland said that McDowell had been battling long term health problems:
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.
Russo’s death comes just days after the death of longtime Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell. McDonnell died Tuesday at age 62 after battling with some health issues for some time.