Ohio Attorney Who Represented Pete Rose Dies - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Ohio Attorney Who Represented Pete Rose Dies

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Attorney Roger Makley, who represented Pete Rose as the baseball great sought reinstatement from Major League Baseball, has died. He was 74.

Makley defended Rose beginning in the late 1980s as baseball and Internal Revenue Service officials conducted investigations stemming from alleged gambling by the game's career hits leader.

Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989. He applied for reinstatement in 1997, a request that languished.

Makley served as U.S. attorney in Dayton in 1969 and represented bank officials who faced prosecution after Cincinnati-based Home State Savings Bank collapsed in 1985.

Law partner Richard Boucher says Makley died Friday. He had been diagnosed with cancer and had also suffered a stroke.

Rose called Makley a good friend and "a topflight attorney."

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