Scott resigns from campaignWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo attorney Robert Scott told Toledo Free Press he is resigning as campaign manager of Citizens for Davis one day after being suspended for two years by the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Scott is an old friend of judicial candidate Mark Davis. His resignation letter simply read, “Mr. Davis, I resign as Campaign Manager of the Davis for Judge campaign. Sincerely, Robert Scott.” Attempts to reach Davis for comment were unsuccessful.
Scott was suspended for “multiple acts of professional misconduct” during representation in 2007 of Lawrence Jameson on an aggravated murder charge. The two-year suspension includes a stayed second year, during which Scott’s practice must be monitored by an attorney chosen by the Toledo Bar Association. Scott must also complete continuing education course work in law office management before he can be reinstated.
The court voted 7-0 to adopt findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline. These findings showed Scott obtained his client’s power of attorney, ATM card and PIN, made multiple withdraws from his client’s bank account and transferred more than $24,000 into his business account from his client’s 401(k). Scott also had his secretary falsely notarize his client’s signature to sign over to Scott the titles of two cars. After Jameson filed a grievance with the Toledo Bar Association, Scott fabricated hourly bills, including 22 hours with his client in jail that were not in the jail’s visitor registration log.
Jameson’s trial was Scott’s first time trying a murder case. Jameson pled guilty in March 2008 and was sentenced to life in prison.
Scott declined to comment on what he will do during his suspension.
“I don’t have any plans I want to share with the Toledo Free Press,” he said.