Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Trafficking in Bath Salts Gets Attorney Suspended

The Medina (Ohio) Gazette Online reports

The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday revoked the law license of a Wadsworth attorney convicted last month of trafficking in a dangerous drug.

Harry E. Jackson, 65, of 5534 State Road, is spending four years at Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton on a charge of aggravated drug trafficking and two counts of complicity in aggravated drug trafficking involving bath salts. The charges are second- and fourth-degree felonies.

Jackson, who was convicted after pleading guilty to the charges in Summit County Common Pleas Court, owns The Odd Corner — a tobacco supplies store at 360 E. Exchange St., Akron. Undercover police reported they bought bath salts from a store clerk there on March 23, 2012.

At the time of his conviction, Jackson was not practicing law and his law license is listed as inactive on several online directories of lawyers.

In addition to prison time, Jackson was fined $25,000 and his driver’s license was suspended for five years at his Oct. 11 sentencing hearing before visiting Judge Judy Hunter.

Jackson had three codefendants — Daniel I. Dearment, Dannielle L. Hileman and Eugene B. Hoover — and all have been convicted.

The investigation was completed by University of Akron police in conjunction with city police.

Jackson’s attorney, Kirk Migdal, is appealing the conviction.

Wikipedia has information about bath salts.

The order of interim suspension (not revocation, as reported above) is linked here. (Mike Frisch)


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