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Attorney targeted by complaint faces jail time

Published: Mon, November 2, 2009 @ 1:10 a.m.

By Don Shilling

Atty. Warren “Bo” Pritchard, who has been accused of misconduct in his legal practice, is to begin a 90-day jail sentence later this month on a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired.

Pritchard, who is an Austintown Township trustee, pleaded no contest Sept. 14 to the charge in Columbiana County Municipal Court, and is to report to jail Nov. 25, according to court documents.

He was fined $750, had his driver’s license suspended for six months and was placed on probation for one year.

According to court documents, Pritchard was charged in November 2008. Those documents did not provide details of his arrest.

Last week, the Mahoning County Bar Association filed documents with the Ohio Supreme Court that allege multiple incidents of misconduct by Pritchard, ranging from clients who paid money up front for services they did not receive to others in which Pritchard failed to show up for court appearances.

The Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline will determine whether there is probable cause to proceed with a hearing on the allegations.

Efforts to reach Pritchard at home and on his cell phone were unsuccessful.

Michael Kurish, township clerk, said Pritchard has been handling his duties as trustee and attended a township trustee meeting last week. Pritchard is up for re-election Tuesday.

Kurish said he has had some trouble reaching Pritchard recently, but the trustee calls in to keep abreast of what is happening in the township. Kurish said he thinks Pritchard is handling his duties well.

The question, Kurish said, is whether Pritchard can keep his personal issues separate from the township business.

“I think so far he’s been able to do that, but he has some personal challenges, no question about it,” Kurish said.

Michael Dockry, township administrator, said he didn’t want to comment about the recent news regarding Pritchard other than to say it hasn’t had any effect on the township’s operations.


1saddad(646 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

90 Days! Who does 90 days on an OMVI? What is missing from this story?

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2theword(342 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

To get 90 days in jail this must not be his first DUI or he had other charges that wern't listed in the story. He should do the right thing and resign as trustee.

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3mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

It's a shame,he ruined his entire career,as an attorney and a trustee.The right thing to do would be to resign.Hid legal problems are only beginning.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

"is to begin a 90-day jail sentence later this month on a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired."

That will not bode well with Bo .

We have plenty of carnage on the roads and more contributors are not needed . If Bo likes jail he will be back . If not he wont indulge and drive .

"Pritchard is up for re-election Tuesday."

I suggest that Austintown Township finds another trustee to replace him as he makes poor decisions . The taxpayers deserve better performance .

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5dominoman777(57 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

he,s always been a crook wake up y-town

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6AustintownResident(3 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

This man is a menace to society. He is sick, needs help and has needed help for years.
He has allowed dangerous things to happen to people in this area with his immoral actions as an "attorney" and as a driver of a vehicle.
I really hope the citizens of Austintown open their eyes and see this bum for what he is right now.

BO please resign as Trustee. I hope the state will take care of the damage you have done as an 'attorney"!

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7AtownParent(565 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

From what I have been told, this is not his first DUI, so that would explain the 90 days. I'm sorry, you can not properly serve this township if you are in a jail cell. And if you are committing fraud as an attorney what is to say you won't do it as a trustee. Do not put this man back in office.

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8candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

If a lawyer and a IRS agent were both drowning and you could only save one of them, would you go to lunch at the MVR or read the Vindy newspaper?

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9movedout(4 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

It's 72 hours.... misrepresentation of facts from the Vindy? Surprise!

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10YboyinColumbus(1 comment)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

No misrepresentation here by the Vindicator. Our family just found proof, today, that the honorable township trustee ripped off our elderly mother who lives in Austintown. She paid for services over a year ago that were never rendered, despite calls and assurances. We'll pass our information to the bar to help prolong his stay or help justify another stretch in jail.

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11RFederer(116 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Looks like Bo went to the Richard Goldberg school of law!

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12pritch_o9(3 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

again the vindicator does the sotry wrong. it was FOR SURE 90 days with 87 suspended.
Remember the GOOD things Bo Pritchard did for Austintown over the past 16 years? How many of you voted for him then before you knew any of this? It's been going on for a while. Think twice before you read the vindicator from now on.

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