August 5, 2015

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Lorain garage super fired; affair alleged

LORAIN — Bob Evans was fired last month from his job as the city’s garage superintendent. Safety-Service Director Robert Fowler said Evans, who has been on paid leave since March 30, was fired for being dishonest during the city’s investigation into a series of allegations that Evans wasn’t devoting his entire work day to city Read More…

Burge taking steps to get suspended law license back

Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge doesn’t believe his law license should have been suspended, but he has complied with an order from the Ohio Supreme Court that he complete several hours of legal training. The Supreme Court suspended Burge’s license in April after a jury found him guilty of three felony counts Read More…

Attorney in hypnosis case files to resign from law

Michael W. Fine, the Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing female clients for his own sexual gratification, has filed paperwork with the Ohio Supreme Court to resign from the practice of law. Fine made the request in April, but it didn’t become public until late last month, according to the Supreme Court’s website. If the resignation Read More…

Supreme Court seeks compliance before Burge law license reinstatement

The Ohio Supreme Court has told former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge that it won’t consider his request to have his law license reinstated until he complies with the terms of the court order that suspended his license. The court automatically suspended Burge’s law license in April after a jury found him guilty Read More…

Supreme Court accepts law practice resignation of ex-magistrate facing child porn charges

The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted the resignation from the practice of law from a former Lorain County Juvenile Court magistrate accused of accessing child pornography. James Paterson will be barred under the terms of his resignation from ever serving as a lawyer again, according to the decision handed down Tuesday. The resignation is permanent Read More…

Burge seeking return of law license

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate his license to practice law. Burge’s law license was suspended in April after jurors found him guilty of three felony counts of tampering with records and three misdemeanor charges of falsification. Felony convictions automatically trigger a license suspension in Read More…

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…