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Longwood attorney disbarred following 'rampage' at ex-girlfriends home


By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2020

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TALLAHASSEE — Longwood attorney Barrett Paul Burnette has been disbarred following a Nov. 27  Florida Supreme Court order over an alleged "rampage" at his ex-girlfriend's home in 2018, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"On Aug. 1, the Ninth Circuit Court accepted Burnette's plea of nolo contendere for two third-degree felonies and two misdemeanors related to throwing a flagpole into a residence and damaging a truck and a car," read the Florida State Bar's Dec. 27 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order. "In a related case, Burnette was adjudicated guilty of aggravated stalking with credible threat, a third-degree felony, and battery, a first-degree misdemeanor."

In late August, Burnette was suspended following a Supreme Court order over his convictions that stemmed from what one local news outlet called "a rampage" at the Mount Dora home of Burnett's ex-girlfriend in August 2018. The pair broke up the previous month after Burnette beat her, according to the news reports, which cited an arrest affidavit.

Burnette, 46, was sentenced to two years of community control and two years' probation, according to the state bar's announcement.

In its two-page order, the state Supreme Court approved the referee's report, which had accepted Burnette's disbarment on consent, before disbarring Burnette.

Burnette was already suspended, which meant his disbarment was effective immediately. The court also ordered Burnette to pay $1,250 in costs.

Florida court orders are not final until time to file a rehearing motion expires. Filing such a motion does not alter the effective date of Burnette's disbarment.

Attorneys disbarred in Florida generally cannot reapply for admission for five years and must pass an extensive process that includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam.

Burnette was admitted to the bar in Florida on Oct. 6, 1999, according to his profile at the state bar website. No prior discipline is listed on Burnette's state bar profile.

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