Fla. lawyer disbarred for sex with client

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A lawyer who let a female client work off her fee through sex has been disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court.

The justices Thursday cited James Harvey Tipler's guilty plea to solicitation to prostitution as one of several instances of professional misconduct.

Tipler admitted having sex with his 18-year-old client and another woman in exchange for credits toward her $2,300 fee for handling a Bay County assault case, the justices wrote.

He agreed to take off $200 every time he had sex with her and $400 when she arranged sex with another woman.

The justices also found in other cases he altered evidence, caused a witness to give false testimony, charged excessive fees and stole clients' money.


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