Thursday, October 5, 2017
Ohio Disciplinary Counsel has filed a complaint alleging serious neglect of several criminal matters on the part of the accused attorney.
While the recited factual averments tell a number of sad tales of client abuse, one allegation in particular caught my eye in describing the initial office meeting with the incarcerated client's relatives.
In respondent's office, there was a large statue of an angel holding a spear and standing with its foot on the head of the devil. Respondent told [the client's family members] that he...is the angel who fights the devil and evil doers on behalf of his clients.
Another count refers to an office statue of a winged angel.
An unrelated complaint involves allegation that a juvenile court magistrate falsely claimed to be working a 40-hour week.
The recent improvements that the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct undertook to provide easy access to pending charges are a model for other jurisdictions to follow.
If the above links do not work, the first case is In re Michael Cheselka. The second is In re Charles Wochna. (Mike Frisch)