On December 21, 2023, the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio initiated disciplinary proceedings against attorney Eric Jordan Burkett, following allegations of professional misconduct.
The case is entitled “Disciplinary Counsel v. Eric Jordan Burkett” with case number 2023-046.
The charges cited Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(b) and 8.4(c) which states:
(b) commit an illegal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty or trustworthiness
(c) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;
The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
Burkett is accused of misusing the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG), an electronic information network for sharing criminal justice data. According to the complaint, Burkett, residing in Palmer, Alaska, applied for and was granted access to OHLEG to facilitate his job duties.
The charges against Burkett include unauthorized use of OHLEG for personal reasons, specifically conducting a search query in 2021 for an individual named Nathanial Marceau, who connected with Attorney Burkett’s then-wife, Shelby Burkett, on a dating application. The OHLEG database contains sensitive information, and Burkett’s alleged actions violated the terms and conditions he acknowledged during his application.
The complaint details Burkett’s personal involvement with Marceau, including sending unsolicited messages and attempting to intervene in Marceau’s personal life. Burkett’s conduct raised concerns due to his role as a prosecutor, and he later admitted to misusing OHLEG in an attempt to salvage his marriage.
As a result of the OHLEG misuse, Burkett faced legal consequences and was charged with unauthorized use of property, a fifth-degree felony. He ultimately pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted unauthorized use of property, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was fined.
The Disposition states:
“The Realtor requests that the respondent be found in violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and be sanctioned accordingly”
According to Avvo, Mr. Burkett, is a state, local, and municipal law attorney in Delaware, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Northern University – Claude W. Pettit College in 2019 and obtained his law license in Ohio in 2021.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.