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Court permanently bars BG man from practicing law in Ohio PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:59

The Supreme Court of Ohio Thursday permanently barred Jay Michael Wiseman, 34, of Bowling Green from admission to the practice of law in Ohio, according to information provided by the court’s Office of Public Information.
In a 7-0 opinion, the court adopted the recommendation of its Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness that Wiseman be permanently barred from taking the Ohio bar examination based on findings that he had “demonstrated a disturbing pattern of violating the laws of this state and other states, engaged in prohibited self-dealing while serving as the fiduciary of a trust, knowingly violated the rules of the university he attended, and engaged in a pattern of lies and half-truths throughout the admissions process.”

The court noted Wiseman’s extensive record of more than a dozen moving traffic violations, including several in BG Municipal Court. The violations include incidents in which he endangered  the safety of others, where he has been cited for non-traffic offenses including criminal damaging, public intoxication, disorderly conduct  and receiving stolen property, and that he violated the terms of a family insurance trust over which he exercised control by unilaterally diverting all but $256 of the $75,000 proceeds to his own use despite multiple warnings by his father’s attorney and his younger brother’s guardian ad litem that he was not legally authorized to do so.
The court also identified multiple instances in which Wiseman responded to inquiries from bar admissions officials in both Florida and Ohio about his legal, personal and financial affairs by providing inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading information, refused to acknowledge the wrongfulness of his prior conduct, and generally demonstrated what the board perceived to be “a selective disregard for the law.”
“Given the seriousness of Wiseman’s conduct and character deficits, we agree that he has not established that he possesses the requisite character fitness, and moral qualifications to practice law in this state. ... Accordingly, we disapprove Wiseman’s pending application and forever bar him from applying for the privilege to practice law in this state.”


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2013 15:10

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