Former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge, Jean Murrell Capers, Dies at Age 104

Jean Murrell Capers
January 11, 1913 - July 18, 2017

Retired Cleveland Municipal Court Judge and former Cleveland City Councilwoman Jean Murrell Capers died Tuesday, July 18 at the age of 104.  Judge Capers was appointed to the municipal bench in 1977 and served here until the end of 1985.   
Cleveland Municipal Court Administrative and Presiding Judge, the Honorable Ronald B. Adrine, served with Judge Capers for four of those years.  “She was the kind of person who knew exactly where she wanted to go and had a strong idea as to how she was going to get there.  She was also a person who was looking for younger black people that she thought would be able to carry the weight of the black community’s problems on their back and carry them to a better place,” said Judge Adrine.

Reporter Annie Wu featured Judge Adrine (among others) in a tribute aired on July 18 on 90.3 WCPN, Cleveland Public Radio.  The broadcast can be heard here. 
Click here to read the profile of Judge Capers that will appear in the book, The History of the Cleveland Municipal Court by Cleveland Municipal Court Central Scheduling Director Mary Ann Koster (Mame) who worked with Judge Capers for 12 years. 

Photos courtesy of The Cleveland Memory Project


Ed Ferenc / CMC Public Information Officer
(216) 664-6787

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