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Ex-state senator is suspended

Former state Sen. Harold S. Wilson was suspended from practicing law for 90 days by the Florida Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled Feb. 6 that the Clearwater lawyer was guilty of trust account violations in his representation of a client and two corporations he incorporated for the client. The court singled out a loan that was made to Wilson to buy a car as an example of trust account violations.

"That is not true, and I am going to ask the court to reconsider," Wilson said recently.

He said he did borrow money from the business to buy a car but it was not from a trust fund account.

Originally, more serious charges were lodged against Wilson, who served as a Republican state senator from Clearwater from 1966 to 1972, but the court found that those charges were not proven.

"The Bar failed to prove that Wilson engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; accepted an excessive fee when no fee was due; and had a conflict of interest," the court wrote in its ruling.

"I am happy that they cleared me of all the serious charges," Wilson said.

The court gave Wilson 30 days from Feb. 6 to wind down his practice. He will not be able to accept new clients during that time. After that he will be suspended from practicing for 90 days. After his reinstatement, Wilson will be on probation for two years, according to the ruling.