Attorneys await demise certificates earlier than dismissing Mearan case

The human trafficking court case that rocked the city of Portsmouth over the last year will likely be dropped due to the death of defendant Michael Mearan, officials said.

Decades of rumors came to a head in October 2020 when Mearan, a former prominent Portsmouth attorney, was arrested on 18 charges related to sex trafficking. His trial was scheduled to begin in January.

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Mearan died Friday after a brief hospital stay, according to his attorney Michael Siewert. Siewert and Luke Sullivan of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office both confirmed to The Enquirer that they are waiting on Mearan’s death certificate to be finalized before asking Judge Patricia Cosgrove to dismiss the case.

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