The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended the law license of G. Ronald Kesinger for misconduct in two Champaign County cases in 2009.
An October hearing by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Review Board found Kesinger revealed confidential information revealed to him concerning his client’s actions in a 2008 Rantoul murder.
According to the report, Juvon Mays told Kesinger that he and his cousin went to the apartment of Corinthian Spinks to try and recover property they believed Spinks had stolen from Mays. Mays told Kesinger that his cousin, Brian Shaw, had a gun.
When Spinks came to the door and saw who it was, he tried to shut the door. Mays told Kesinger a struggle to open the door followed, and Shaw's gun fired striking Spinks and killing him.
The report from the hearing indicates Kesinger revealed the information to a Champaign County assistant state's attorney to negotiate a lesser charge.
Instead, Mays was charged with home invasion and committing first-degree murder during a felony under the accountability theory. He was convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
In a separate case, Kesinger breached his fiduciary duty by trying to collect additional fees the before client Lance Bufford was to go to trial on a charge of possession of cocaine.
Kesinger also kept $4,000 of the Bufford’s bond refund to himself to which he wasn’t entitled after the case was dismissed. Kesinger claims he kept the bond refund unintentionally and returned the money to Bufford.
Kesinger’s suspension goes into effect February 8th.