Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Cleveland.com reports in a post linked to the Ohio Supreme Court web page
The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated the law license of attorney Marc Doumbas, who served a year in prison after he was convicted in 2013 of participating in a scheme to bribe sexual assault victims on behalf of his client.
The court announced the decision Monday, two years after the court’s justices voted to indefinitely suspend Doumbas based on his conduct in representing a client along with Cuyahoga County corruption figure Anthony Calabrese III.
The court’s disciplinary board said in February 2018 that Doumbas should be allowed to practice law again, noting that Doumbas worked several jobs since his release from prison and demonstrated that he possessed the necessary character traits and qualifications to be admitted to the state’s bar. The reinstatement became official Monday.
The suspensions stems from Doumbas’s representation of Thomas Castro, who was charged in 2011 with multiple counts of rape and kidnapping. Calabrese, who represented Castro’s business interests, hired Doumbas and G. Timothy Marshall to represent Castro when two women accused him of rape, according to court records.
Marshall, who was Calabrese’s uncle and who shared office space with Doumbas, offered one of the victims $54,000 through her attorney for “pain and suffering” during the case, court records say.
Calabrese offered the second victim $50,000 through her attorney as a potential civil settlement in exchange for writing a letter asking for treatment for Castro rather than prison time, according to court records. Calabrese later increased the offer amount to $60,000, then $90,000, but the woman rejected the offers.
Prosecutors argued that Doumbas, who never directly made an offer himself, was still complicit in the scheme because he knew about the offers and did nothing to stop them.
Castro pleaded guilty to bribery charges before and testified against his former attorneys at trial. A jury found Doumbas and Marshall guilty of two felony counts of bribery, and a judge sentenced each to a year in prison.
Castro was sentenced to five years in prison. He was released in July, according to court records.
Marshall died in 2016.
Calabrese, who also convicted in the Cuyahoga County corruption probe of paying bribes to disgraced County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, pleaded guilty to racketeering and bribery charges in this case. He is currently serving a nine-year sentence in federal prison, and the Ohio Supreme Court in 2015 voted to permanently yank his law license