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Defense attorney Clyde Bennett suspended for dishonesty

Posted at 10:23 AM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 11:28:33-04

CINCINNATI -- Defense attorney Clyde Bennett’s license has been suspended for one year, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday.

Bennett has represented former juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter, former restaurant owner Liz Rogers, a suspect in the Cameo Night Club shooting and Rico Mosley, who was found not guilty in the murder trial of teenager Kelsie Crow.

The suspension follows claims of misconduct in John Kelley's appellate case. Bennett misrepresented why he failed to meet the deadline to appeal his client’s 25-year prison sentence.

In 2014, Kelley was convicted of attempted murder and felonious assault for a 2013 double shooting in Sharonville.

The Kelleys accused Bennett of not properly discussing what he was doing and missing a deadline to file a direct appeal for them. They believe he didn't do his job.

Bennett told a panel in November that he's not familiar with appellate matters, even though he was representing Kelley in an appellate case. He called the case "the only time I've ever failed a client."

The suspension is Bennett's third in a decade, according to the Ohio Supreme Court website.