September 14, 2011
Public Housing Benefits Crime, Cocaine Possession, Result In Indefinite Suspension
The web page of the Ohio Supreme Court reports:
The Supreme Court of Ohio has indefinitely suspended the license of [a] Willoughby attorney...for professional misconduct arising from her convictions on felony counts of possession of cocaine and grant theft. The theft counts were based on Cantrell’s falsification of official documents in order to illegally obtain Section 8 public housing benefits.
In a 7-0 per curiam decision announced today, the Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that [the attorney's] conduct violated the state attorney discipline rules that prohibit committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on a lawyer’s honesty or trustworthiness and prohibit engaging in conduct that adversely reflects on a lawyer’s fitness to practice law. The Court declined to consider additional medical, psychological and testimonial evidence submitted to it by [the attorney], citing past decisions that preclude the Court from considering evidence that a respondent attorney failed to introduce at the time of his or her hearing before the disciplinary board.
In imposing a consecutive indefinite suspension, the Court noted that [her] license has been under an interim suspension since her felony convictions were reported to the Court in 2009, and that she is already serving an indefinite suspension imposed in 2010 for improper use of her office trust account and other rule violations.
The court's opinion is linked here. The court declined in impose the recommended sanction of permanent disbarment. (Mike Frisch)
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