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Former Bedford law director arrested for driving under the influence

Former Bedford Law Director Ken Schuman. (Source: Solon Police) Former Bedford Law Director Ken Schuman. (Source: Solon Police)

Former Bedford Law Director Ken Schuman, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Twinsburg.


Twinsburg Police Chief Christopher Noga said his department received a 911 emergency call at 2:40 a.m. from a driver on Interstate 480 eastbound reporting another driver "swerving all over the road."

Officers responded and pulled over the erratic driver in the 2013 silver Chevrolet Impala, who was Schuman, 42, of Bedford. He refused a breathalyzer test, and performed poorly in a field sobriety test, according to the arresting officer's report.

Schuman was transported to the Solon Jail, where he spent the night. He was released later this morning after posting a $500 bond, said Solon Police Sgt. Steve Galaska.

Schuman is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge on Friday in Stow Municipal Court.

Schuman pleaded guilty in July to charges that he accepted payment from a law firm he had awarded a contract to while serving as law director in Bedford. Other charges, including bribery, theft in office and soliciting prostitution, were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

The guilty plea involved a contract for bond work Schuman awarded to the Cleveland law firm of Vorys, Sater Seymour & Pease in 2006. The law firm later paid Schuman $9,500.

Schuman was arrested as part of a six-month investigation by Bedford Police into an office building where a brothel was suspected of operating. Municipal Judge Harry Jacob III went to trial on charges of fixing court cases for prostitutes, having sex with prostitutes and promoting prostitution. He is awaiting a verdict.

James Walsh, 71, the owner of the building and operator of the Studio 54 massage parlor, was indicted on charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering. He is awaiting trial.

Schuman resigned from his jobs as law director and city prosecutor following his indictment.

Schuman is scheduled to be sentenced September 3 on the Cuyahoga County corruption charge.

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