May 25, 2015


Attorney faces ethics charge for alleged bribery

AVON LAKE — Defense attorney Gerald Smith has been accused of improperly bulking up his bill in a criminal case by asking for an additional $50,000 from a client that he intended to use for “donations” to the judge and police chief handling the case. No bribes were ever paid, and there is no evidence Read More…

Indicted former county magistrate resigns law practice

A former Lorain County Juvenile Court magistrate is resigning from the practice of law after being indicted on federal child pornography charges. James Paterson submitted a letter seeking to resign or retire to the Ohio Supreme Court on April 29, according to the high court’s spokesman, Bret Crow. The request is being reviewed by the Read More…

Ohio Supreme Court suspends Burge’s law license

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge prepares to give his closing statement to the jury during his trial Wednesday at the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the law license of Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge. The court order came a day after Burge sent Gov. John Kasich a letter of resignation, which will take effect Monday. “It’s something that I expected,” Burge said Wednesday after the order was handed down Read More…

Ohio Supreme Court rules against residency rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that city governments may not require employees to live within city limits. The court ruled 5-2 Wednesday that a 2006 state law preventing local government residency requirements overrides the home rule powers of municipalities. Attorneys for Akron, Lima and Cleveland had argued in January Read More…