The court can impose fines or even issue a warrant for arrest.
By MICHELE C. HLADIK
COLUMBUS — Former Boardman attorney Edward F. Sturgeon faces even more troubles with the Ohio Supreme Court.
Sturgeon was found in contempt of court by the high court this week after failing to provide a list of paperwork and other items after his disbarment last November.
“When you are disbarred there are a whole bunch of things you have to do,” said Dennis Whalen, public information officer for the Ohio Supreme Court. “Apparently [Sturgeon] didn’t do very many of them.”
According to Supreme Court documents, the order was issued for Sturgeon’s “failure to surrender his attorney registration card, failure to surrender his certificate of admission, failure to file an affidavit of compliance on or before Dec. 15, 2006, and failure to pay board costs in the amount of $4,794.08 on or before Feb. 13, 2007.”
Whalen said the high court is like other courts in the state when a contempt charge is issued. He said the court has the authority to impose fines or even issue a warrant for his arrest.
“We don’t do that very often,” he explained.
Contempt findings usually include a time frame allowing for the action to be corrected and a consequence in case the action is not corrected, according to Whalen.
He said he isn’t sure why the court didn’t do that in this case.
Sturgeon could not be reached to comment.
He was permanently disbarred by the high court in November 2006.
In December 2006, Sturgeon pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to three felony counts of perjury for statements made during the state disciplinary investigation of allegations of improper sexual conduct with female clients who sought his legal help.
In February, he was sentenced to serve three years probation control, 100 hours of community service and fined $1,000 for his guilty plea.