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State of Ohio v. Gerald E. Fuerst

Court of Appeals of Ohio EIGHTH APPELLATE DISTRICT COUNTY OF CUYAHOGA


March 2, 2011

STATE OF OHIO IN RE: TAHEIM TRAYWICK RELATOR
v.
GERALD E. FUERST, CLERK OF COURTS RESPONDENT

Writ of Mandamus Motion No. 441824 Order No. 441825

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sean C. Gallagher, J.

Cite as Traywick v. Fuerst,

JOURNAL ENTRY AND OPINION

JUDGMENT: DISMISSED

{¶1} Relator, Taheim Traywick, is the defendant in State v. Traywick, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-536300. Benjamin J. Wherry, however, signed the complaint. Wherry avers that Traywick is his adult child and that "she's bipolar and is taking medications. To add, she's illiterate whereas, she did not finish school." Complaint at 8. Wherry acknowledges that he is not a licensed attorney-at-law.

Nevertheless, he argues that he is entitled to commence this action for Traywick to compel respondent clerk of court to accept for filing documents that Wherry has signed and purportedly tendered on Traywick's behalf in Case No. CR-536300: a notice of appeal; as well as a motion to dismiss counsel of record and motion to motion for appointment of counsel.

{¶2} Wherry's attempt to commence this action on Traywick's behalf constitutes the unauthorized practice of law. Wherry concedes that he is not admitted to practice law and he has not provided any other basis for exemption from the requirements of R.C. Chapter 4705 and Gov.Bar.R XII. As a consequence, we dismiss this action. See In re Jerdine, Cuyahoga App. No. 91172, 2008-Ohio-1928, ¶9.

{¶3} We also note that the "sworn affirmation" accompanying the complaint is signed by Wherry and is not notarized. Loc.App.R. 45(B)(1)(a) provides, in part: "All complaints must contain the specific statements of fact upon which the claim of illegality is based and must be supported by an affidavit from the plaintiff or relator specifying the details of the claim." We have held that the failure to notarize a Loc.App.R. 45(B)(1)(a) affidavit is a ground for dismissal of an original action. State ex rel. Jerninghan v. Russo, Cuyahoga App. No. 95573, 2010-Ohio-5377, ¶5.

{¶4} Accordingly, we dismiss this action sua sponte. The clerk is directed to serve upon the parties notice of this judgment and its date of entry upon the journal. Civ.R. 58(B). Complaint dismissed. Relator to pay costs.

SEAN C. GALLAGHER, JUDGE

PATRICIA A. BLACKMON, P.J., and MELODY J. STEWART, J., CONCUR

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