Fla. lawyer disbarred for sex with client

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

The justices wrote that 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.

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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