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Sturgeon's law license permanently revoked



Published: Thu, November 16, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



He faces a criminal trial in Franklin County on three counts of perjury.

By JEFF ORTEGA

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Supreme Court has permanently revoked the law license of Boardman attorney Edward F. Sturgeon.

The revocation stems from three instances in which Sturgeon reportedly engaged in improper sexual conduct with female clients who sought his legal help.

Neither Sturgeon nor his attorney could be reached for comment Wednesday on his disbarment.

The high court adopted the findings of a legal disciplinary board, which investigated the issue.

The high court agreed with the board's findings that Sturgeon's actions violated state disciplinary rules prohibiting conduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's ability to practice law and banning acceptance of employment where an attorney's interests interfere with professional judgment on behalf of clients.

Criminal trial

Sturgeon faces a December criminal trial in Franklin County on three counts of perjury. He's accused of lying to state investigators in Columbus about the sexual misconduct with former clients.

Those charges stem from statements Sturgeon gave to disciplinary counsel investigators on Nov. 10, 2004. Sturgeon has admitted to two sex-related acts with clients in his private practice.

At a state disciplinary hearing last year on misconduct allegations, Sturgeon admitted he had sex with one client in March 2003 and exposed himself to another client in June 2003, both at his office in downtown Youngstown. Sturgeon has denied he wanted a third woman to trade sex for legal fees in March 2004 at her townhouse in Liberty.

During the disciplinary hearing, Sturgeon reportedly admitted that he had not been truthful in some of the answers he gave during a deposition with investigators from the Ohio Supreme Court's disciplinary counsel.




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