Ohio attorney Christopher Cicero will lose his law license for six months, an Ohio Supreme Court disciplinary board ruled this week.
Cicero sent emails to former Ohio State University coach Jim Tressel about players trading items like championship rings for a little body ink from a local parlor.
The problem? Cicero, a former walk-on at the university, gleaned this juicy information while meeting with tattoo parlor owner Edward Rife during a meeting in which the two were discussing whether Cicero would represent Rife in a federal drug-trafficking case.
Rife mentioned the sports souvenir/ink exchange and Cicero began emailing Tressel. The ensuing scandal eventually resulted in Tressel resigning as coach.
The board ruled Cicero had violated the code of professional conduct by leaking information he’d gained from a potential client during a meeting. The Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline made its initial ruling in February, but Cicero asked the board to reconsider. The board reaffirmed its decision Monday.