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Lawyer in Tressel scandal charged by court

June 13, 2011 at 1:26 PM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 13 (UPI) -- Judicial officials have accused an attorney of revealing confidential information pertaining to the scandal that toppled Ohio State football Coach Jim Tressel.

Lawyer Christopher Cicero was charged Monday with misconduct by the Ohio Supreme Court Disciplinary Counsel for allegedly telling Tressel about statements made by the owner of a tattoo parlor who improperly accepted Buckeye memorabilia from various players.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer said Cicero met with parlor proprietor Eddie Rife the day after Rife's home was raided by narcotics agents who discovered a cache of jerseys, rings and other items related to the football team.

Documents supporting the charges said Cicero had assured Rife their conversation would be confidential, but Cicero allegedly instead e-mailed the details to Tressel.

Tressel, who had originally denied knowing anything about his players' relationship with Rife, resigned last month after it became known he was indeed aware.

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