Ohio lawyer is accused of tossing poop-filled Pringles can into parking lot of victims advocacy center
An Ohio lawyer has been accused in an ethics complaint of depositing his feces into a potato chip can and then tossing it into the parking lot of a victims advocacy center.
The lawyer, Jack Allen Blakeslee, allegedly threw the uncovered, poop-filled Pringles can into the parking lot of the Haven of Hope victims advocacy center in Cambridge, Ohio, in November 2021, according to the ethics complaint filed Tuesday.
The Legal Profession Blog covered the allegations made by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct.
The executive director of the center, Michelle Wilkinson-Carpenter, saw Blakeslee throw the can from his vehicle into the parking lot, according to the ethics complaint. The can landed close to her car.
Blakeslee then sped off and drove to the Guernsey County common pleas courthouse to attend a pretrial hearing for a murder defendant he was representing. Wilkinson-Carpenter was the victim advocate in the case.
Blakeslee pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and littering, both misdemeanors, in connection with the incident, according to the ethics complaint. He paid a fine and court costs.
According to the ethics complaint, Blakeslee engaged in similar conduct on 10 prior occasions, “indiscriminately choosing the location where he throws the chip cans containing his feces.”
According to the complaint, Blakeslee violated an ethics rule banning conduct that adversely reflects on a lawyer’s fitness to practice law.
Blakeslee withdrew from the murder case earlier this year because he had represented three potential witnesses, creating a conflict of interest, according to the Daily Jeffersonian.
Blakeslee is a graduate of the University of Akron School of Law who was admitted to the bar in 1976. He lives in Coal Ridge, Ohio, and practices in Caldwell, Ohio, according to the ethics complaint and the Ohio Supreme Court’s attorney directory.