July 8, 2008
An Ohio attorney engaged in ethical misconduct in two matters. One involved a deed that the attorney had falsely signed and notarized. He had denied the misconduct until the bar retained a handwriting expert. The second matter involved a promise he made to the Ohio Supreme Court in the false notarization matter-- "he pledged to this court that he would never have another drink, and would never again use marijuana or cocaine. Six days later, [he] was arrested for possession of cocaine. [He] also admitted that prior to his arrest he had consumed several alcoholic beverages." He pled guilty to cocaine possession.
The court imposed a two-year suspension with the second year stayed on conditions that include monitoring of his law practice and sobriety. A dissent finds a "troubling tendency toward recidivism" and lack of control that would warrant an indefinite suspension. (Mike Frisch)
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