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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Former Sheffield Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Charges of Hypnotizing Six Female Clients For Sexual Gratification

Posted By and on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 11:26 AM




(Updated 9/13/16): The disgusting behavior of former attorney Michael Fine will finally land him behind bars. The sad saga began a couple years ago when a client reported that she couldn't account for all of the time spent with the attorney and reported her bra being disheveled and her vaginal area wet after a visit with him. Initial contact with the police didn't lead to much, so the woman recorded a visit and subsequent phone calls with Fine. The audio was shocking. Fine hypnotized her and then used graphic sexual language, asking her pointed questions about arousal, instructing her about using a vibrator, and talking to her about orgasms while calling himself her No. 1 teacher. He also repeatedly tells the hypnotized woman it's their little secret.

Armed with the audio, police had the woman tape another interaction with Fine and then raided his office. 

In the aftermath, six more women came forward with similar stories.

Fine's law license was suspended and he was indicted last August.

This week, finally, he pleaded guilty to a string of counts, though prosecutors dropped many more in the plea deal. The 59-year-old pleaded guilty to five counts of kidnapping and one count of attempted kidnapping. All of those charges carry a "sexual motivation specification," according to the Chronicle-Telegram.

Fine will be sentenced to 12 years in prison when he returns to court on November 7. Once released, he'll have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. — Vince Grzegorek


(Updated 8/19/15): On Tuesday, Aug. 18, Michael W. Fine officially resigned and will be prohibited from ever practicing law again.


Attorney Michael William Fine, accused of hypnotizing female clients into performing sex acts, will never practice again, according to sources close to the case.


(Updated 11/25/14): On Monday, Ohio's supreme court formally suspended Michael W. Fine's law license, the Chronicle-Telegram reported:

The move comes a week after the Lorain County Bar Association requested an emergency temporary suspension of Fine’s legal privileges amid allegations he had hypnotized clients for his own sexual gratification.

Fine didn’t contest the temporary suspension in court papers filed Friday, but his lawyer Robert Housel has said that doesn’t mean his client has admitted to wrongdoing. Housel also has said that Fine is receiving “appropriate treatment.”


(Original story 11/19/14): Sheffield attorney Michael W. Fine has been reported to the Supreme Court of Ohio by the Lorain County Bar Association for allegedly hypnotizing female clients and then engaging in "sexual misconduct" with them, as reported earlier today by the Chronicle-Telegram.

The motion filed by the bar association details the accounts of two women who hired Fine, who's been practicing law since 1981, with their divorce-related cases and became suspicious when they couldn't remember their meetings with the lawyer and felt that something had happened to them, sexually, usually "physical sensations, bra misalignment, and memory loss afterwards."

You should read the Chronicle-Telegram piece or check out the full document from the Lorain County Bar Association embedded below for the details.

As part of the investigation into Fine, some of the meetings and phone calls were recorded by the women. During an October 10 phone call, recorded by the first woman, the "conversation began with discussion about normal legal matters and then turned into questions about where Doe 1 was and whether she was alone," the document says. "(Fine) then began to use 'code words' that induced Doe 1 to enter a trace-like stage." Some of those things include:

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Judge Rejects Lawsuit Brought by Group of Caucasian Cleveland Police Officers Against the City for Discrimination

Nine Officers Cite Treatment Following Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams Shooting

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 12:10 PM


Update: A judge on Tuesday rejected the lawsuit, according to Via courts reporter Eric Heisig:

U.S. District Judge James Gwin concluded that the officers produced "no evidence" to support their claims.

Gwin wrote that what the group described as evidence were just "short excerpts from dated testimony in unrelated cases that consist of individuals giving general discussion about race" and the city. Records show that the length of restricted duty more depends on the facts of a case than the color of an officer's skin.


(Original story 11/29/2014) Further highlighting the Cleveland police department's racial divide, a group of nine Cleveland police officers, self-identifying as "non-African Americans," are suing in federal court for what they deem unfair treatment toward them because of their role in the notorious police shooting death of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in November 2012.

The plaintiffs include eight white officers — Erin O'Donnell, Christopher Ereg, Michael Farley, Cynthia Moore, Michael Rinkus, William Salupo, Brian Sobolik, Scott Sistek — and Hispanic officer Wilfredo Diaz. They are bringing suit against the city of Cleveland, then-Police Chief and current Safety Director Michael McGrath, then-Safety Director Martin Flask, current Police Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson, on counts of discrimination, civil rights violation and breach of employment contract.

The gist of the case involves their claim that because they aren't black, they were punished ("assigned to boring and menial tasks," etc.) more harshly for killing black people on the job than when black officers kill black people on the job ("The City of Cleveland, through the other named defendants, and the other named defendants in their individual capacities, have a history of treating non-African American officers involved in the shooting of African Americans substantially harsher than African American officers"). After police shoot people, it is standard for officers to be placed on temporary paid-leave — a 45-day "cooling off period" involving "menial and unpleasant tasks," the suit says. The white officers' "cooling off period" was too long, they say.

The suit blames the media, naturally, for sensationalizing the shooting:

Almost immediately the news media began to sensationalize the events. They reported the officers who discharged their weapon as being 12 white and one Hispanic and the deceased as African Americans. The news media reported that members of the community called the shootings murder, executions, and demanded that the officers involved be punished. Members of the community representing various factions exerted pressure upon the defendants to punish the officers.

Here is the full explanation of the discrimination claim in the complaint (emphasis ours):

57. Plaintiffs incorporate the preceding paragraphs of this complaint as if fully rewritten herein.

58. Plaintiffs suffered adverse employment action and unfair punishment arising from the events of November 29, 2012 including but not limited to being assigned to boring and menial tasks in the gym with no of chance overtime, secondary employment, pay for court appearances, no chance to apply for promotions or transfers to specialized units, and being prohibited from engaging in active police work as they had grown accustomed and contracted for.

59. Plaintiffs are non-African Americans.

60. Plaintiffs’ assignment to “gym duty” was substantially longer than that which had been meted out to similarly situated African American officers. By way of one example, an African American officer who actually shot someone was sent to the gym for 45 days and then was only disciplined for reaching into the person’s car. African American Detective John Jordan, whose failure to communicate his contact with the Russell vehicle and his pursuit of Russell was listed as one of the systemic faults that lead to the shooting, was not disciplined in anyway.

61. The City of Cleveland, through the other named defendants, and the other named defendants in their individual capacities, have a history of treating non-African American officers involved in the shootings of African Americans substantially harsher than African American officers.

62. A serious dichotomy exists as a result of the defendants’ longstanding practices and procedures which place onerous burdens on non-African American officers, including the plaintiffs, because of their race and the race of persons who are the subjects of the legitimate use of deadly force.

63. Available statistics confirm that the City of Cleveland and the other defendants have created a glaring disparity in assignments to the gymnasium based upon race.

64. The defendants were on notice and aware of at least three prior suits alleging their same conduct was unconstitutional and a violation of Federal and state law. Two of the suits were successful. Yet, they knowingly and intentionally persist in this misconduct.

65. The defendants do not possess a legitimate, non-discriminatory justification for the disparate treatment of the plaintiffs. Any reason advanced to explain this disparate treatment is merely a pretext for unlawful discrimination.

66. The City of Cleveland and the other defendants have discriminated against Plaintiffs based upon race, and potentially other factors, in direct violation of 42 U. S. C. §1981, 42 U.S.C. §2000e-2, Ohio Rev. Code §4112.02(A) and potentially other provisions of law.

67. As a direct and proximate result of such wrongdoing, Plaintiffs have suffered lost wages and earnings, impairment of their earning capacity, and impairment of their professional reputations, humiliation, emotional distress, mental anguish, and other serious damages. These losses are expected to be permanent and ongoing.

Yes, Cleveland police officers involved in killing two unarmed people are saying that extra long "gym duty" because of their roles in a shooting incident resulted in "emotional distress" and "mental anguish." Not that they killed people, but because of gym duty.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cleveland Heights Offers Free Parking Every Weekend in December

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Need another reason to visit Cleveland Heights this holiday season? How about free parking?

That's right, every weekend from now until the end of December, folks can score free parking on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at all meters, lots, garages, and on the streets. 

"Business owners and residents have been very supportive of this idea," mayor Dennis Wilcox said on "It reinforces the City's commitment to our commercial districts and also has been an incentive to bringing more people to our excellent restaurants and one-of-a-kind stores throughout the city."

Yellow signs will be posted to remind folks not to feed the meter, the lack of which have been a point of grumbling for drivers in the past.

Get additional deets here, and enjoy the holidays Cleveland Heights style.

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UPDATE: Body of Ohio State Football Player Found in Columbus

Kosta Karageorge Had Been Missing Since Wednesday Morning

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM


Columbus police announced Sunday evening that the body of OSU football player Kosta Karageorge had been discovered in a dumpster behind his residence. Preliminary investigation results declare that Karageorge died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and that the handgun was found in the dumpster.


Originally published Nov. 29:

While the Buckeyes and Wolverines are playing today, there's an even bigger battle going on outside of the stadium: the search for Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge. The senior walk-on was last seen around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, walking out of his Columbus apartment.

A Columbus Dispatch story this morning reported this morning that police are treating the player's disappearance as a missing-person case, "with nothing to indicate there was foul play."

The Dispatch reported Karageorge's mother reported to police that he had texted her at 1:30 a.m. wednesday to say "I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f—-ed up." Concussions have been an issue for the football player:

His sister Sophia Karageorge said her brother has a history of sports related concussions, and the family is worried that he might be disoriented because of one he suffered a month ago. Karageorge also wrestled for three years for the Buckeyes.

Karageorge is 6'5" and weighs 285 pounds, with a recently shaved head and a short beard. He sometimes goes by "Alex," the Dispatch said. Per the Dispatch: "Anyone with information about Karageorge’s whereabouts is asked to call 614-747-1729 or Columbus police at 614-645-4545."

18 Minutes of Focus Enough for Cavs to Topple Pacers

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

For the second game in a row, the Cavaliers put on a half-quarter display of excellence for the annals, en route to a 109-97 defeat of the Indiana Pacers in a game that was never really that close.

Two nights after an 18-2 run at the midway point in the first put away the Wizards early, the Cavaliers came out with an even quicker flurry that evoked the first round savagery of early Mike Tyson. The Cavs hit the Pacers so hard at the outset, you found yourself glancing over at the paramedics. They held a 27-8 lead with 4:52 left in the first.

As is the model for Cavs success, the team defended well at the outset. Kyrie Irving followed up his talk about his intent to become a good defensive guard by fighting over the top of the picks and getting into good defensive position. Blatt recently complimented Irving’s defense, though to these eyes, it’s more a case of greater effort than better fundamentals. Still, it’s a start. He had a double-double with a career high 10 boards, 24 points and 5 assists. He even came up with this nifty block on C.J. Watson.

The rotations are becoming better, and even when out-of-sync, effort is making up for mistakes. Here the rotations are hardly seamless but still effective, resulting in a well-challenged drive to the hoop.

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Get this "A Christmas Story" Poster for that Die Hard Fan in Your Family

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM

It's Christmastime, which means some folks are watching A Christmas Story on repeat. Everyday. Until Christmas. And sometimes even after the holidays are over.

If you've got a friend or family member who's obsessed with the Christmas classic but isn't about to shell out a few thousand dollars to actually spend the holiday in the actual A Christmas Story house, here's a piece of artwork that may be equally suitable.

Created by Ohio poster artist Darin Shock, this A Christmas Story poster, titled "The Greatest Gift" is a three-color, 18x24 screen print that depicts all the highlights from the holiday movie.

These bad boys are going for $40 a pop, which is quite a steal if it means you don't have to listen to "You'll shoot your eye out!" ten times a day.

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Fresh Brewed Tees Opens Boutique at Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Fresh Brewed Tees, one of Cleveland's only mobile fashion boutiques and online stores, has opened up its first brick and mortar outlet. The location? Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Concourse C, near Gate C2.

Fresh Brewed Tees "is a fun new concept that adds even more local flair and flavor to our concessions program," Airport Director Ricky Smith said in a press release. "We think travelers — whether they are from the Cleveland area or just visiting — will appreciate their assortment of apparel that showcases the city’s love for our sports teams and local culture."

If the t-shirt company's success on Cleveland streets- and now Seattle streets- is any indication, the airport outlet is poised for takeoff.

“As a local business, we’re proud of how the city has embraced our fun, specialty gear that showcases the passion Clevelanders have for their sports teams and their city,” Tony Madalone, Fresh Brewed Tees founder, said in the press release.

But apparently, the Hopkins operation isn't the only new venture for the local t-shirt company; another big move seems to be on the horizon:

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