Stew Mathews Wiki – Biography
Stew Mathews is the defence attorney representing Brett Hankison, the only police officer facing charges related to the raid that left Breonna Taylor dead. Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department in June 2020 following Taylor’s death on March 13, 2020.
Hankison’s charges are not directly related to Taylor’s death. He was involved in the raid on Taylor’s home and faces three counts of wanton endangerment, a Class D felony. He is accused of firing shots into a neighbour’s home.
His age is unclear.
His 2005 Smart Voter bio said he was married to his wife, Joanie, and has four adult children. He also has grandchildren, his bio says.
His bio says he is a member of St. James of the Valley Church and is the former chairman of Parish Council. His hobbies include hunting, biking, and cutting grass, his bio says.
According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Mathews ran for Cincinnati City Council in 2005 and applied to become a Common Pleas Court judge in 2009.
According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Stewart Mathews has been practising law in Ohio since 1977. His LinkedIn page says he is a partner at Dolle & Mathews in Cincinnati, Ohio.
His page says he graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law-N < UNK> Kentucky University.
The Enquirer reported that Mathews is the son of former Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge William S. Mathews.
According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Mathews has experience representing police officers accused of crimes. He described Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati Police Officer who shot and killed Sam DuBose in 2015.
Tensing had said he feared for his life when DuBose appeared to be attempting to pull away from a traffic stop, believing DuBose may have been trying to run over him with his car, according to The Enquirer. Mathews represented Tensing through two trials, which both ended in a mistrial.
According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, another one of Mathews’s former clients was John Strutz, convicted of killing and dismembering his wife in 2009.
“Anybody who finds themselves in a courtroom – whether it’s for disorderly conduct or death-penalty murder – has the right to be defended,” Mathews told the Enquirer after the trial. “I talk to people nearly every day who have never been in trouble a day in their lives and find themselves charged with something. I think they’re grateful there are attorneys willing to defend them.”