Achieving Justice with Judge Richard A. Bell of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Richard A. Bell is running for re-election to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in the upcoming November election. He was elected in a special election in 2020 to complete the unexpired term of Michael P. Donnelly, who was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court. Now, Judge Bell is seeking a full six-year term on the bench.
In this latest episode of Justice Jennifer Brunner’s “Achieving Justice” video series, Judge Bell reflects on his more than 30 years of experience as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. He delves into his experience as one of two judges participating in the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission’s Pilot Program for a criminal sentencing database, and how raising four children was the best preparation for becoming a judge. Judge Bell also shares the story behind his extensive—you guessed it—bell collection.
During Judge Bell’s more than 30 years as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office, he supervised the Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force, the Human Trafficking Unit, and the Cold Case DNA Unit. He has been an active participant at the St. Rita Church in Solon, Ohio, since 1990.
Justice Brunner started "Achieving Justice" in 2020 during her campaign for associate justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. The program educates individuals about Ohio's judicial system and the judges and candidates for judge who serve and wish to serve their state and community. A new Achieving Justice interview is to be released each week.
“Serving the people and the cause of justice is one of the most important callings in our democratic system,” Justice Brunner said. “I believe that the more information the public has about the courts, their judges, and judicial candidates, the stronger our system is.”
Justice Brunner is a candidate for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in 2022.