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My name is Richard A. Bell and I am a candidate for Judge in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in 2020. I was born in Cleveland and raised in Cleveland Heights with my nine brothers and sisters. I am a proud graduate of Benedictine High School, Kent State University (B.S.), and Cleveland Marshal College of Law (J.D.). My wife, Dr. Andrea J. Bell (DDS) and I live in Solon where we have raised our four talented children.
I have been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office for over 29 years where I am currently the Chief of the Special Investigations Division. I supervise the Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force, the Human Trafficking Unit, and the Cold Case DNA Unit. Each of these specialized units work directly with the police to investigate and then prosecute some of the most serious criminals in our county. I have been known as a tough, no nonsense prosecutor who has been called upon to implement many of the important initiatives and reforms of our office including Open Discovery, Office Wide Case Management system, Video Conferencing in the Grand Jury, and Office Restructure to a Region system. I was the supervisor of the Elite Major Trial Unit where prosecutors litigate all of the murders and sexual assaults in our county. I was appointed by Justice Maureen O'Connor to the Joint Bipartisan Death Penalty Task Force to reform the administration and procedures of death penalty issues in the court system.
While being tough on violent criminals, I have championed crime prevention programs including diversion for low level offenders, fugitive safe surrender to provide resolution for low level offenders with arrest warrants, and bail reform by creating a risk assessment tool and engaging the Arnold Foundation to work with our office and the court. As Judge, I would continue those commitments.
I am grateful for my family's support and wish to serve Cuyahoga County residents as Judge of Common Pleas Court. I promise to continue serving our residents by fairly presiding over all cases and protecting the public.
Thank you for your support.
Richard A. Bell