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Cleveland, Tenn., attorney John O. Fortuno was publicly censured Tuesday by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court, a news release from the court's Board of Professional Responsibility states.

The board filed a petition for discipline against Fortuno in Aug. 22, 2016, alleging he committed ethical misconduct by exchanging inappropriate text messages with a client he was appointed to represent, creating a potential conflict of interest.

He entered a conditional guilty plea admitting his actions violated rules of professional conduct involving conflicts of interest and misconduct.

A public censure is a rebuke and a warning to the attorney, but it does not affect the attorney's ability to practice law.

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