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In re Application of Goodstein
Ohio Supreme Court
1 N.E.3d 328 (2013)
Daniel Robert Goodstein (defendant) applied to the Ohio bar. A panel of the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness (the board) (plaintiff) undertook an investigation into Goodstein’s character and found three areas of concern: (1) Goodstein had defrauded the Ohio labor department by lying about his employment status so he could collect over $6,000.00 of unemployment benefits. Goodstein did not disclose this fraud to the board, and once the board discovered it, Goodstein minimized the fraud as a misunderstanding. The panel further found that Goodstein had misrepresented his agreement to repay the thousands of dollars he owed to the Ohio labor department for the fraudulently obtained benefits. (2) Goodstein’s application to the bar denied any disciplinary actions as an undergraduate, but his university disclosed two disciplinary actions for underage drinking. Goodstein claimed that he had forgotten about the incidents, but his brother-in-law testified that while Goodstein was applying to the bar, Goodstein told him about the incidents. (3) Goodstein’s application to the bar only disclosed two of three traffic citations he had received. The panel stated that normally such an omission would not be of much concern, but in this case the omission was significant in light of the other bad acts that Goodstein did not disclose. The board adopted the panel’s recommendation that the board reject Goodstein’s application and that the board should not allow Goodstein to apply again until he had fully repaid the Ohio labor department with interest.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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