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Former Ohio attorney Barry Brickley has been charged in Richland County Common Pleas Court with theft, forgery and receiving stolen property, due to allegedly writing $10,555.00 worth of checks to himself while working as a paralegal for local attorney Randy Fry.
According to Richland County District Attorney Brent Robinson, the status of Brickley’s law license is undetermined – as are Brickley’s current whereabouts.
In 2004, The Ohio Judicial System reported that Brickley’s license to practice law was suspended indefinitely in December 2002, and that four of his former clients were awarded $2,350.00 from the Clients’ Security Fund of Ohio “due to his failure to provide legal services requested.” Another client was reimbursed $4,874.95 for the same reason.
Brickley’s disciplinary action cites personal misfortune and alcoholism as mitigating factors for his misconduct, which included mishandling 15 cases, and resulted in his suspension.
Do you think that suspended and/or disbarred attorneys should be allowed to work as paralegals?