Another alleged case of a trusted consultant “hypnotizing” his female clients. As with the last case we reported on, there is much left unclarified in these sensational media pieces.
A Cleveland-area attorney accused of hypnotizing women for his sexual pleasure has been immediately suspended by the state Supreme Court.
The Lorain County Bar Association filed an emergency motion last week with the court seeking the suspension of Sheffield attorney Michael Fine. The court suspended Fine on Monday. A court spokesman said Tuesday that it’s rare for the court to suspend an attorney before a disciplinary hearing.
Two women Fine represented have told authorities they believed they were hypnotized because they would lose track of time and could not recall what was discussed after meetings and phone calls with him.
There are a few important points to take note of in this story: There is no evidence given of sexual assault, just inappropriate language. That is enough prompt action for sure but there appears to be no reasonably connection to the idea of hypnosis. It’s fairly clear that hypnosis does not “make” people do things but leaves some people prone to suggestion. How much of a willing part does the woman play in these scenarios is also unclear.
The media will exploit stories of victims who claim to have been under a spell from a Svengali-like person but it’s definitely not that clear cut. Hypnosis is not some magical state to take over a person. That’s fiction. This case has merit because even though he may have tried psychological techniques, his downfall was the intent.
Tip: Joseph Bondra