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Ohio Supreme Court suspends law license for former Russo aide
O'Malley gets an indefinite suspension for his role in Cuyahoga County corruption.

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In The Region:

The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a Westlake attorney who paid more than $80,000 in kickbacks to his boss, former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo.

Forty-seven-year-old Joseph O’Malley served four months in prison in the Cuyahoga County corruption case. He was accused of trying to influence former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Steven Terry in a foreclosure case. He also lied to FBI agents.

Terry ended up in prison, as did Russo.

The Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline had recommended that O’Malley get credit for the time on his interim suspension, but the court went with the full suspension.


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