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2011-1418.  Columbus Bar Assn. v. King, Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-873.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 10-062. Ray Jetmore King of Gahanna, Ohio, Attorney Registration No. 0020733, is hereby suspended from the practice of law in Ohio for two years.
O'Connor, C.J., and Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Donnell, Lanzinger, Cupp, and McGee Brown, JJ., concur.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2012/2012-Ohio-873.pdf

(March 6, 2012) The Supreme Court of Ohio has suspended  the law license of Gahanna attorney Ray Jetmore King for two years for multiple violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, including making improper use of client funds on deposit in his law office trust account to pay for his own personal and business expenses.

In a 7-0 per curiam decision announced today, the court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that King had engaged in conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation and had also admitted violating, among others, the state disciplinary rules that prohibit an attorney from commingling personal funds with funds held in trust for clients, and that require attorneys to maintain detailed records of client funds in their possession and to make prompt payment of funds to which a client is entitled.

Among aggravating factors supporting imposition of a two-year license suspension, the court noted that in response to a grievance filed against him by a client whose funds King had failed to promptly disburse, King initially told disciplinary authorities that the amount owed to the client was in dispute, but later admitted that the “dispute” was a fabrication to conceal the unavailability of the client’s funds because King had made personal use of some of them.

Bruce A. Campbell, 614.340.2053, for the Columbus Bar Association.

Ray Jetmore King, pro se, 614.471.8181.