Convicted wife-beater hired by Cleveland City Hall

Lance Mason

(Cleveland) - An ex-Cuyahoga County Judge who spent time behind bars for beating his wife is now part of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's administration.  

WKYC-TV reports that Lance Mason was recently hired as the city's chief of minority business development.  

He was convicted of punching his wife 20 times in 2014 while in their car.  Mason admitted to the charges.

It's reported that Mason was one of 13 candidates for the job. He spent just 9 months in prison for punching his wife 20 times, and slamming her head into the dashboard of their car several times. 

A witness called 9-1-1 to report the beating to police. 

Mason's wife was beaten so badly, she had to have reconstructive surgery. 

When approached by Channel 3, City of Cleveland spokesman Dan Williams refused to comment about the hiring of Mason. 

The former judge is expected to see his law license permanently revoked by the Ohio Supreme Court. It's currently under suspension.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM & Shaker Heights Police)

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