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Ohio Supreme Court rules that judge can remain on Cleveland police shooting case

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CLEVELAND — The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court says there is no evidence that the judge overseeing the case of a Cleveland policeman is biased against the officer and can preside at his trial.

An attorney for Patrolman Michael Brelo (BREE'-lo) argued that Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell set a trial date ahead of the Nov. 4 election to help his Ohio Supreme Court campaign.

Brelo is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter for his role in the deaths two apparently unarmed civilians killed in a hail of police gunfire after a police chase in 2012.

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor issued her ruling on the disqualification motion Wednesday.

O'Donnell wrote in his answer to the Supreme Court that the trial will likely start after Nov. 4.

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