Sciortino law license suspended; Yavorcik seeks appeal


YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio Supreme Court today suspended the law license of ex-Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino, who is to plead guilty this afternoon to one felony and one misdemeanor in Mahoning County Court.

The suspension “for an interim period” was triggered by Sciortino guilty plea Feb. 26 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to a felony count of having an unlawful interest in a public contract.

He was accused of being part of a criminal enterprise to stop or impede Mahoning County’s purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place, the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center.

He was sentence to one year of probation March 28 for that felony and two misdemeanor convictions.

As part of his sentencing, Sciortino’s law license was to be suspended for the year he’s on probation.

He will plead guilty today in Mahoning County to one felony and one misdemeanor of unauthorized use of property – computer or telecommunication property. That was resolved as part of his plea deal in Cuyahoga County.

Meanwhile, Martin Yavorcik, Sciortino’s co-defendant in the Oakhill case, is seeking to have his March 25 conviction on eight felonies dismissed. In a motion, Yavorcik, a failed 2008 Mahoning County prosecutor candidate, contends prosecutors failed to establish proof of venue in Cuyahoga County and to have him convicted on engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and conspiracy.

He contends that means his other six felony convictions should also be dismissed.

He is to be sentenced April 22 on the eight felony convictions, and could face up to 29 years in prison.

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