March 7, 2013
Applicant For Admission Forever Barred (Not In A Good Way)
The Supreme Court of Ohio has denied an application for bar admission.
Unlike the typical denial, the court forever barred a future application.
The applicant has demonstrated a
disturbing pattern of violating the laws of this state and other states, engaged in prohibited self-dealing while serving as the fiduciary of a trust, knowingly violated the rules of the university he attended, and engaged in a pattern of lies and half-truths throughout the admission process.
The applicant had 13 traffic citations and arrests for receiving stolen property. He had sued his own father over trusts funded by his mother's inheritance and misappropriated other funds. The university violation involved his (prohibited) purchase of a $60 faculty parking permit for $10.
The court found that the applicant had violated court orders, threatened an attorney with a disciplinary complaint or contempt without basis, demonstrated a "perverse disregard for others" and a "pervasive pattern of lies and omissions" in the application process.
The court cites to evidence from the applicant's Florida bar admission proceedings.
The applicant graduated from law school in 2010. (Mike Frisch)
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The problem with a permanent ban is that it ousts the court of subject matter jurisdiction to consider the matter when clearly the court does have jurisdiction and must consider future applications. And, having the duty to consider, it obviously must not prejudge.
Posted by: Stephen Williams | Mar 10, 2013 7:56:15 AM