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A new complication in the Vanderbilt rape trials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended one of the defense attorneys in the Vanderbilt rape case.

Media report John Herbison was suspended Thursday after three complaints alleging misconduct.

Herbison is part of the defense team representing Brandon Vandenburg, who is one of four former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping a woman in a campus dorm. Vandenburg's trial is set to begin Jan. 12.

The Supreme Court's Board of Professional Responsibility, which regulates lawyers in Tennessee, said in a statement that Herbison's suspension will begin on Nov. 30. He'll be on active suspension for 60 days, and then be on probation for the remainder of the time.

According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, Herbison failed to communicate with two clients and didn't file an appeal for a third.