Incoming Law Review Editor Ousted
CHICAGO (AP) - The John Marshall Law
Review ousted its incoming editor-in-chief after the student-run
editorial board discovered he had served time in prison for
arranging an attack on his ex-wife.
Thomas Gionis, 47, a former Los
Angeles-area orthopedic surgeon and second-year student at the
Chicago law school, was elected to the post in March.
But editorial board members changed
their minds after learning that Gionis was convicted of hiring two
men in 1989 to attack his ex-wife, Aissa Wayne, amid a
custody dispute. Wayne is the daughter of actor John Wayne.
The Los Angeles Times reported at the
time that Wayne had been tied up, thrown to the floor and
pistol-whipped. Gionis was reportedly linked to the attack through
a telephone call he made to a private investigator associated with
Gionis was convicted of felony
assault in 1992; he served 30 months in prison.
Gionis' attorney, Michael Goldberg,
said Gionis disclosed all the information about his conviction
when he applied to law school. He said the review board acted
without authority when it voted to strip Gionis of the editorship,
and Gionis may sue to retain the post.
Gionis lives in Chicago but is in
California performing community service as part of an agreement to
reinstate his medical license, Goldberg said.
John Corkery, associate dean for
academic affairs at John Marshall, said Gionis is still a member
of the review, and can run for other positions on the publication.
He said some of the board's faculty
advisers did not approve of Gionis' ouster, but could not override