August 5, 2014 9:38 pm -

Cleveland police confiscated smoke grenades, semi-automatic rifles, a sword, a bulletproof vest and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition from the home of a local judge’s home, according to a police report.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Lance T. Mason, 46,entered no plea on Monday during his initial appearance in court.

According to, Mason is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. The local judge is accused of punching his wife in the face several times causing “serious physical harm,” along with biting and choking her.

A member of Mason’s family alerted the ┬ápolice and said she was afraid Mason was going to use weapons inside his home to commit suicide, the report said.

Mason surrendered when police arrived and he admitted to having weapons in his bedroom and in the attic of his home.

A list of what the officers found:

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

According to the report, the weapons were confiscated for “safe-keeping.”.

H/T: Talking Points Memo

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

50 responses to Ohio Judge Arrested For Beating Wife; Police Seize 2,300 Rounds, Semi-Auto Rifles, Smoke Grenades, Sword

  1. edmeyer_able August 5th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    A rather diverse collection of items, makes me wonder if they were purchased or ‘borrowed’ from the evidence locker.

  2. Tommy6860 August 5th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I wonder how many shotgun weddings he officiated.

  3. Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    OK, the smoke grenades are a little weird

    • edmeyer_able August 5th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      I think it fits the “prepper” mentality, same with a 50 shell bandolier.

    • jasperjava August 5th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      And the rest of it isn’t?

      • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

        Sarcasm, much of it is weird. I would put money on there being a cache of photographs with him posing with a lot the stuff

        • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

          Let’s hope that he’s fully clothed!

      • bahlers August 6th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

        Everything that was confiscated is legal, through my understanding. So owning something that is completely legal is now weird?

  4. labman57 August 5th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    A wife-beating, weaponry-addicted lunatic — i.e., what the NRA refers to as ‘a true American patriot’.

  5. CanterburyTom August 5th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Funny. No where in the article does it reflect he’s a product of the Democrat Party.

    • Anomaly 100 August 5th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Funny, nowhere was that mentioned from the sources. It did pop straight into your mind though. didn’t it?

      So, this would be OK if he’s a Republican? Seriously, WTF are you saying here?

      • CanterburyTom August 5th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

        Don’t get your panties in a wad. It’s a place holder comment for a research effort. Figure “my point” out genius.

        • jasperjava August 5th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

          I figured out your “point”: You’re an idiot, and you’re proud of it.

          • CanterburyTom August 5th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

            Is that your best?

      • Foundryman August 5th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

        He thinks it’s hypocritical that a democrat is in the headlines (if thats the case)..about gun ownership. Part of the misinformation propaganda righties are fed is liberals don’t own guns which is why we support gun control laws. What they miss is, liberals own more than half of the guns in this country but don’t get into the news to often because we know how to handle them with safety and respect. It’s the “responsible” part of responsible gun ownership…

        • CanterburyTom August 5th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

          You make my point, almost! If he were a Republican that would have been in the article heading. That’s the hypocrisy! And gun ownership? You bet Democrats own more than guns, one need only read the NY, Chicago, LA newspapers.

          • edmeyer_able August 5th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

            And there is the other 1/2 of the myth republicans spew, that most crimes committed w/a gun are committed by democrats.

          • Foundryman August 5th, 2014 at 11:27 pm

            Actually, i think it’s that the guy was a judge more than a republican or democrat that makes the story.

          • CanterburyTom August 6th, 2014 at 8:59 am

            No, actually, it’s the thimble heads that made him a Judge that makes the story.

          • Foundryman August 5th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

            You want to start in on illegal guns in Chicago, NY and LA?? And why the NRA supported gun manufacturers make thousands more guns each year than are sold legally??

          • CanterburyTom August 6th, 2014 at 12:27 am

            Sure, let’s start on Chicago, NY or LA, if only they had tough gun laws. Oh wait, they do. Hmmmmmm must be those right wingers selling their guns to the Democrat base.

          • Foundryman August 6th, 2014 at 12:33 am

            First, i’m not so sure those that are doing all the carnage with guns in those cities are democrats, it’s more likely they aren’t registered, vote or even care about politics at all.
            Second, you are right, it most likely are lawless right wingers supplying the illegal guns, since righties are the ones who are so opposed to any type of enhanced laws preventing it.

          • CanterburyTom August 6th, 2014 at 1:18 am

            To your first point, the Party would be very disappointed in you for suggesting they have not registered everyone. While they may not be interested in politics, rest assured their vote was cast.

            To your second point, no enhanced law excludes the lawless.

          • tiredoftea August 6th, 2014 at 12:37 am

            From nearby states with loose gun laws.

          • CanterburyTom August 6th, 2014 at 1:29 am

            Try that logic on heroin, crack, crank, etc. I know of no “nearby states” with loose “crack” laws, but see no under abundance of drugs in any of these cities. The law means nothing to the lawless. Even the Caliph in Chief disregards laws not meeting his liking, but we can leave that for another day and another thread.

          • tiredoftea August 6th, 2014 at 2:05 am

            As the discussion was about guns and their ready availability, your comment on drugs is an evasion and irrelevant, as is to be expected by your trail of pretentious postings.

          • CanterburyTom August 6th, 2014 at 11:54 am

            It’s NOT about availability, it’s about personal behavior and responsibility, but you libs have NEVER accepted responsibility for anything.

          • tiredoftea August 6th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

            Oh, I see. Got a bigger brush to paint with?

          • bahlers August 6th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

            You cannot legally purchase a gun outside of CA if you are a resident.

          • tiredoftea August 6th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

            OK, thanks for that.

          • bahlers August 6th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

            As for other states, not sure. But I’m not sure how that law is constitutional.

          • arc99 August 5th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

            honestly, do you Republicans ever get tired of playing the victim?

            since when is political affiliation relevant when someone is arrested for a violent crime? you guys whine about “biased media” in one breath, and in the very next breath whine because the media does not express your own biases.

          • CanterburyTom August 6th, 2014 at 12:21 am

            Not that it matters to you, it doesn’t fit your narrative. I was a Democrat for forty years. I’m now an Independent, who’ll vote for nearly anyone that’s not a Democrat. The only real victims are those who continue to vote Democrat.

          • Cosmic_Surfer August 6th, 2014 at 9:12 am

            Because, as we ALL know, the ONLY people allowed in the city limits of LA (very Republican), Chicago (there happen to be a lot of Republicans in the middle of Illinois) and NY (Bloomberg?) are Democrats.

            Ideologues are so funny.

    • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Are you starting a wife beating, gun hoarding caucus?

  6. tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    He’s preparing for his next election?

  7. Pistol-Packing August 6th, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Personally, I think he is missing a few items in his collection. and definitely not enough Ammo, but then again Ammo has been short as of lately…

    • viva_democracy August 6th, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Sure, give the wife beater more ammo. That sounds logical. No murder suicide here, right?

      • Pistol-Packing August 6th, 2014 at 11:23 am

        Obviously something happened between the two of them. I was more or less commenting on the thoughts of him having a prepper mentality.

        but even so, 2300 rounds for multiple caliber weapons, is really not that much.

        • edmeyer_able August 6th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

          No 2300 isn’t that many rounds for a prepper but 500 shotgun slugs speaks volumes as no one I know target shoots with that.

          • bahlers August 6th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

            Again, he’s not having 500 rounds of slugs to target shoot per say, it’s his stockpile in a SHTF situation. And there are too many people to count that shoot thousands of rounds through one gun in a year.

          • John David Peer August 6th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

            In fact, there are MANY areas where deer hunting is by shotgun/slugs only, and any ethical hunter will have practiced with his firearm of choice many times before the season starts.

            We have no idea if the judge was a hunter (probably not), but that does not give us carte blanche to make incorrect statements like “no-one shoots targets with slugs”.

            2300 rounds is nothing, one doesn’t have to be a “prepper” to buy in bulk, and in fact, that is a tiny amount of ammo for someone “prepping” for a breakdown of law and order, or a climate-change caused interruption to the food supply.

            It amazes me how little “you people” know about firearms, and yet you come off so cocksure of yourselves, it’s funny.

            It’s like listening to climate deniers, or Creationists, that refuse to learn even a tiniest bit about the subject, but yet will argue it until they’re blue in the face.

            Liberal anti-gunowners are the lefty equivalent to that…

          • edmeyer_able August 7th, 2014 at 6:51 am

            I’ve hunted deer w/a shotgun for 50 years, have never owned nor knew anyone who has owned more than 20 slugs at once.
            It take MAXIMUM 5 shots to sight a in slug gun. And only a prepper would own a 50 shell bandolier.
            Where have I ever posted anything about being anti gun, I am pro gun safety.

          • Pistol-Packing August 7th, 2014 at 8:45 am

            Not my ideal thought for a shotgun. There are reasons they are nicknamed “Scatter-Guns”, with the right muzzle break.

            Admittedly, I do have 2 – 50 round bandoliers on the ready… =)

  8. Cosmic_Surfer August 6th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Wife beating the most egregious and for that, life in prison…23 boxes of bullets (caveat here – I come from the lands of mountain embedded survivalists and militias), that actually isn’t as much as it could be…It’s the smokes and the hiding of weaponry that are more of a concern to me but then again, it is Ohio…

    • John David Peer August 7th, 2014 at 12:04 am

      I’m more concerned about people on a supposedly ‘liberal” website calling for “life” for an aggravated assault.
      That is patently absurd.

  9. Rixar13 McGinnis August 6th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    What does every abused woman have in common? They just don’t f**king listen…! /s

  10. madashellnow August 6th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how the amount of ammunition is reported, but it has nothing to do with the crime. Did he threaten with a gun? No…but people were afraid so they confiscate the ammo and gun. Well, I’m afraid of some of the drivers on the roads. Using the same logic, their cards should be confiscated as well. Not to mention I’m afraid of someone with a baseball bat. Better confiscate all bats as well….just saying.

    • John David Peer August 6th, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Agreed. A JUDGE beats his wife senseless with his fists, and the “story” here is that he just happens one of America’s 100,000,000 gun owners??

      • EBZAR September 17th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

        There’s one hundred MILLION gun owners in America…?