Ohio Attorney General Asks To Suspend Athens County Sheriff

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UPDATED: Tuesday February 4, 2014 4:40 PM

10 Investigates has learned the Ohio Attorney General has filed a document at the Ohio Supreme Court, asking it to suspend Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly.

Attorney General Mike DeWine is going through the formal procedure to oust Kelly during the criminal case against the sheriff.

State law says the Attorney General has to file that request at the Supreme Court.

Now that the papers are filed, Kelly has 14 days to respond. He can either accept the suspension voluntarily, or he can fight it. If he chooses to fight, a panel of three retired judges will hear the case.

If the panel finds that the charges will get in the way of the Sheriff performing the duties of his office, they can suspend him.

Last week, Kelly vehemently denied the 25 felony counts of theft and corruption.

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