Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Ohio Supreme Court has imposed a stayed one-year suspension of an attorney for misconduct as a magistrate hearing post-decree domestic relations matters.
The magistrate had engaged in "impatient, undignified and discourteous" treatment of litigants over several hearing days in a matter. Among other things, he did not permit the parties to fully present their cases, "acted on his own whims" rather than in the best interests of the child, and did not resolve the contested issues in a timely manner.
The misconduct was linked to the magistrate's post-traumatic stress from a life threatening health condition and other personal problems.
The court imposed conditions to the stayed suspension in order to require him to participate in continuing treatment that is recommended by the bar's program for lawyer assistance. (Mike Frisch)