Lawyer faulted in Ohio convert case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A professional organization for lawyers
has filed a complaint alleging misconduct by the former attorney of
an Ohio teen who ran away to Florida after converting from Islam to

The complaint alleges that Orlando, Fla., lawyer John Stemberger
accused the attorney for the girl's parents of being paid by groups
with terrorist ties and that he based the accusations solely on
information from Facebook and a blog.

The Florida bar complaint provided to The Associated Press on
Tuesday also says Stemberger appeared on TV as an attorney for the
teenager after he stopped representing her.

Stemberger and his attorney did not immediately return messages
seeking comment. Possible penalties range from a reprimand to

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