August 31, 2015

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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

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

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…

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…