Update (10/27/2015): The Ohio Supreme Court has elected to suspend Phillabaum for one year from the practice of law. The disciplinary board recommended the suspension be reduced to six months, but the Supreme Court ultimately decided to impose the full year suspension. It was determined that Phillabaum violated the Rules of Professional conduct by lying to a tribunal and harming the administration of justice.
In a recent article by Lauren Pack of the Hamilton Journal, it was reported that a former Butler County assistant prosecutor is facing disciplinary action for alleged professional misconduct stemming from three criminal cases he was involved in.
Jason Phillabaum faces a possible suspension from the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Ohio for a incident where Phillabaum, as prosecutor, signed an indictment, which included a firearm specification, that was not presented to the grand jury. Phillabaum pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of dereliction of duty when it became known that he filed an indictment which contained a false statement with the clerk of courts. Phillabaum was ultimately sentenced to probation and community service.
The board of professional conduct has recommended that Phillabaum be suspended from the practice of law for one year, with the provision that the final six months be waived following good conduct. Phillabaum was under investigation for violating the rules of professional conduct in two other cases but the charges were ultimately dismissed on lack of evidence.
The Supreme Court of Ohio will now consider the board’s recommendation. The Supreme Court can either agree with the recommendation, ask the board to consider a more severe punishment, or impose a more lenient punishment.
Phillabaum now is in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio following his termination with the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.
Pack, Lauren. “Ex-assisstant Prosecutor Could Lose Law License.” Hamilton Journal 20 Feb. 2015. Web. 5 Mar. 2015.
Maloney, Kathleen “Assistant Prosecutor Suspended for One Year.” Court News Ohio 27 Oct. 2015. Web 27 Mar. 2015