Lawyer accused of sexually inappropriate behavior and attempted hypnosis

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.

Sheffield attorney suspended after accusations he hypnotized women for sexual pleasure | cleveland.com.

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.

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Tip: Joseph Bondra

  7 comments for “Lawyer accused of sexually inappropriate behavior and attempted hypnosis

  1. Eric
    November 26, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Missing time?? It must have been UFO abduction. Maybe the lawyer is a reptilian in disguise? Many are snakes anyways!

  2. Joe
    November 27, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    My thoughts are an attempt at a money grab by the so called victim. It is going to be interesting how this pans out in court. Hopefully science prevails.

  3. Pete
    November 28, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    Not to be an armchair psychologist, but I imagine the public image of hypnosis in itself would allow a person to reinforce their position of authority, which could then be abused. I also imagine it would allow the victim an opportunity to distance themselves mentally from the current situation. The hypnotic state doesn’t have to be real for the concept if it to be taken advantage of.

    (I realise I was 100% an armchair psychologist)

  4. Chris Howard
    December 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I’ll just leave this right here: http://skepdic.com/hypnosis.html

  5. Christoph
    December 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Hey Sharon, the black and white photo of this Sorcery guy on the page before relating to this topic. Who is it?
    Thx.

  6. December 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    If you’re referring to the featured image to this post, that is a still image of John Barrymore as Svengali in the movie of the same name.

  7. Christoph
    December 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    right. cool. thanks.

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