May 29, 2008
Lawyers With Convictions
The Ohio Supreme Court imposed indefinite suspensions today in two matters involving serious criminal violations unrelated to the practice of law. In one case, an attorney with a prior record of discipline for "unprofessional, undignified, and discourteous conduct in separate incidents before two common pleas judges" went to a strip bar. He "became involved in a physical altercation with six people in the parking lot" and "pointed a .45 caliber Glock pistol with a laser sight at all six people, one at a time." He was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and six misdemeanor counts of aggrravated menacing.
The second case (which I have not been able to open and link) involved conduct summarized as follows on the court's web page:
[The attorney] has been indefinitely suspended from practice for violations of state attorney discipline rules arising from his convictions on two felony charges for attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with an underage girl. [He] has been under an interim suspension since January 2006, when the Supreme Court was notified of his convictions on felony counts of compelling prostitution and possession of criminal tools.
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