June 30, 2016

Elyria
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Court says tax penalty must be refunded to Renacci, wife

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s Supreme Court has directed the state tax commissioner to refund a nearly $360,000 penalty to a Republican congressman and his wife who delayed paying tax on income earned by a trust because they relied on an earlier legal interpretation that put the tax on the trust. The ruling Wednesday ordered a refund Read More…

Former Lorain Law Director Provenza has license suspended by Ohio Supreme Court

LORAIN — Former Lorain Law Director Mark Provenza has agreed to an indefinite suspension of his law license, according to an agreement released by the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday. The suspension comes as Provenza is facing criminal charges stemming from an April traffic stop in Lorain in which police reported finding marijuana in his Read More…

Lawyer says discipline from Ohio Supreme Court won’t affect his judicial candidacy

AVON LAKE — An Ohio Supreme Court decision disciplining Avon Lake attorney Gerald Phillips won’t prevent him continuing his efforts to be placed on the November ballot as a judicial candidate, Phillips said Tuesday. The Supreme Court imposed a six-month suspension on Phillips and attorney Sam Cannata in a decision handed down last week, but Read More…

2 judicial candidates miss financial filing deadline

ELYRIA — Two judicial candidates failed to file financial disclosure forms with the Ohio Supreme Court before the Feb. 16 deadline, something that could lead to criminal prosecution. Both former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge, who is running against Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery in a Democratic primary, and Will Spiegelberg, who is Read More…

Attorney accused of hypnosis faces more charges

ELYRIA — The former Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his female clients faces 17 new kidnapping charges in an indictment handed down by a Lorain County grand jury this week. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will confirmed the new round of charges matches the victims and time frames covered in kidnapping charges from Michael W. Fine’s Read More…

Probation dispute between court, county settled

ELYRIA — The Ohio Supreme Court sided with Lorain County commissioners Tuesday in a long-running dispute over whether the county’s General Division judges could order the commissioners to provide funding for security at the offices of the county’s Adult Probation Department. The decision comes as the commissioners and judges are finalizing plans to renovate the Read More…

Supreme Court accepts resignation of attorney accused of hypnotizing female clients

ELYRIA — The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted Michael W. Fine’s resignation from the practice of law. Fine had worked as an attorney out of Sheffield before his office was raided in November as part of an investigation into whether he had hypnotized female clients for his own sexual gratification. Fine has not been charged Read More…

Ohio Supreme Court reviewing conduct of 2 attorneys

The Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct has recommended that the law licenses of Avon Lake attorney Gerald Phillips and a second attorney be suspended for six months, although it suggested the punishments not be imposed as long as the two men don’t face any further disciplinary actions. Phillips said he hasn’t determined if Read More…

Burge’s law license reinstated

The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge’s law license. The state’s highest court revoked Burge’s license in April shortly after a jury found him guilty of felony charges of tampering with records and misdemeanor charges of falsification stemming from allegations that there were discrepancies in his annual financial Read More…

Burge gets law license back

The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge’s law license. The state’s highest court revoked Burge’s license shortly after a jury found him guilty of felony charges of tampering with records and misdemeanor charges of falsification stemming from allegations that there were discrepancies in his annual financial disclosure forms. Read More…