Pistol Packing Judge Beats Wife To A Bloody Pulp

Police confiscated a whole arsenal of weapons that were in his home for “safe keeping.”  They included everything from 2300 live rounds to a sword to several semi-automatics.

Police confiscated a whole arsenal of weapons that were in his home for “safe keeping.” They included everything from 2300 live rounds to a sword to several semiautomatic.

A judge is supposed to be the one who wades through the weeds of legal trivia and grants us the wisdom of his experience. His (or Hers) is supposed to be the last word in defining right from wrong. And yet this judge jumped across the line of justice into the criminal world when he beat his wife into a bloody pulp.

Police arrived at Judge Lance Mason’s Cleveland home after a 911 call from a woman who saw him and his wife fighting in their car. The police report accused the judge of “punching, biting and choking” his wife of eight years in front of their children, ages 4 and 6, who were also in the car.

Less than half an hour after this incident, Mason’s sister phoned the police, because this judge and former state senator was “threatening to kill himself with a gun.”

But this guy who lost it did not only have his fists available as weapons. No, police confiscated a whole arsenal of weapons that were in his home for “safe keeping,”  They included everything from 2300 live rounds to a sword to several semiautomatic. So if he had really wanted to die, this judge would have had no lack of weapons. Unless, of course the problem was that he could not decide which of them to use.

– About 2,300 live rounds of various calibers

– Nearly 500 shotgun slugs

– A Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun

– A Winchester shotgun

– A 50-shell shotgun belt

– A FNH P90 semi-automatic rifle still in the box

– A JLD Enterprises Inc. PTR-91 semi-automatic rifle with a scope

– A Smith & Wesson handgun

– A Springfield Armory .40 caliber-handgun

– A sword

– Four canisters of smoke grenades

– A KDH bulletproof vest

– A Jaguar knife

Mason’s wife was temporarily hospitalized with a fractured orbital bone [the bone surrounding the eye] and “severe swelling and lacerations to her face,” resulting from domestic abuse according to Shaker Heights Municipal court records.

Police charged Mason with second-degree felonious assault, which carries a penalty between two years and eight years in prison. At his hearing before another judge, Mason offered no plea to the charges. Mason’s fellow judge, Judge K.J. Montgomery granted a restraining order preventing him from having any contact with his wife or children.

Someone cleared the errant judge’s docket and locked his courtroom. Court Administrator Greg Popovich declined any comment other than,

We don’t have all the facts.”

The court ordered Mason to undergo psychiatric evaluation to decide whether or not he is a danger to himself.