A Walnut Hills lawyer was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday
for filing a false affidavit that resulted in the arrest of an
Calling her conduct "reprehensible", Judge Steven Martin told
Doris Houser Allen that her actions warranted a prison sentence.
Ms. Allen was convicted last month in Hamilton County Common Pleas
Court on charges of perjury, tampering with records and tampering
with evidence. She faced a maximum possible sentence of two years.
Prosecutors say Ms. Allen filed an affidavit on behalf of client
Sylvia Huff that included false charges of domestic violence
against Ms. Huff's boyfriend.
They say Ms. Allen told her client that the accusations would help
her win custody of her children.
As a result of the affidavit, Ms. Huff's estranged boy friend spent
a night in jail.
The charges against Ms. Allen were filed last year after the Ohio
Supreme Court rejected a recommendation from the Cincinnati Bar
Association to suspend her law license.
At Ms. Allen's sentencing Tuesday, Ms. Huff said Ms. Allen misled
her and snared her in a legal mess.
"I want the court to know the great pain she has caused me," Ms.
Huff told the judge. "I can understand an honest mistake, but not
once did I see any remorse. Not once did I get an apology."