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Ohio attorney suspended for throwing poop-filled Pringles cans out his car has license reinstated

Ohio attorney suspended for throwing poop-filled Pringles cans out his car has license reinstated

Sav McKee

Last November, the Supreme Court of Ohio suspended a criminal defense attorney for….well, a pretty crappy code of misconduct.

Jack Blakeslee was found guilty for throwing a Pringles potato chip can filled with his own feces into the parking lot of a crime-victim advocacy center. During his confession, Blakeslee admitted to pooping in Pringles cans on at least 10 different occasions, then tossing the cans in a variety of random locations. 

He described his actions as pranks, and explained that he did this to “blow off steam” before heading into work. Supreme Court documents show that he said that he liked to imagine the “look of surprise” on the faces of those who found the Pringles cans filled with his own feces. 

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The disciplinary counsel found that Blakeslee’s poop-filled Pringles toss was targeted towards the advocacy center, Haven of Hope. Videos showed Blakeslee passing the parking lot, circling back to toss the can, then speeding away. Michelle Carpenter Wilkinson, the chief executive officer of the center who Blakeslee has known for 20 years, spotted him throwing the Pringles can. When she discovered the can was filled with his waste, she filed a report with Cambridge Police Department. Blakeslee and Wilkinson were scheduled to be in court together 15 minutes after the poop-filled Pringles can throw, where Blakeslee was representing someone accused in a capital murder case.

The Court found that Blakeslee’s can throw wasn’t necessarily an act of hostility or intimidation, but since he has a history of flinging his poop cans in random spots on a number of different occaions, this targeted incident demonstrated an escalation of “a preexisting pattern of conduct to seek an even greater thrill by pulling a prank on someone he knew.”

Well, now, Blakeslee, an attorney since 1976, officially got his license reinstated on Tuesday, June 18. The Supreme court of Ohio emphasized that after finishing his six-month sanction, Blakeslee has complied with the necessary requirements to get his license back.

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