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Ohio Judge Shot Last August Returns To The Bench

Oct 7, 2017

Judge Joseph Bruzzese Junior
Credit weirtondailytimes.com

The Jefferson County judge who was shot outside his courthouse in August has returned to the bench.

Judge Joseph Bruzzese Junior returned to his courtroom Thursday, handling arraignments and a sentencing. Bruzzese was shot while walking from his car to the courthouse in Steubenville. The judge was carrying a gun and fired back. A probation officer then shot and killed suspect Nate Richmond. Bruzzese underwent surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital and has been recovering at home since late August. A prosecutor has said investigators trying to understand what motivated the shooting were examining whether Richmond mistakenly thought Bruzzese had dismissed a lawsuit filed by Richmond.