State of Ohio V. Boyd


CHARGE(S): Two counts of tampering with records, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2913.42(a)(1), a third degree felony, two counts of bribery, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2921.02(b) and 2921.02(a), a third degree felony, obstruction of justice, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2921.32(a)(3),a fifth degree felony, theft in office, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2921.41(a)(1), a fifth degree felony, engaging in a pattern in drug activity, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2923.33(A)(1), a first degree felony.

POTENTIAL PUNISHMENT: 25 years in the Ohio Department of Corrections, loss of employment pension

VENUE: Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, Cincinnati, Ohio

ALLEGATION: High profile case against 22 year Hamilton County Clerk of Court employee charged with repeatedly selling confidential law enforcement information to drug dealers to help them avoid detection. Public officials publicly declared that Mr. Bennett's client would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Hamilton County Prosecutor said the case was "one of the most disturbing cases we've ever dealt with." The Hamilton County Clerk of Court called the action of Mr. Bennett's client "sickening and unconscionable."

RESULT: Mr. Bennett's client plead guilty to one count of bribery and one count of tampering with evidence. The more serious charges and all other charges were dismissed. As part of the agreement, Mr. Bennett's client only served 180 days in jail and did not lose her retirement pension.

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