A former assistant solicitor who was accused in Hall County of working as a defense attorney while employed as a prosecutor with the Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office is now the subject of a probe by the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office.
According to a search warrant filed by a Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Koran Corbin, a defendant in Hall County State Court, “retained (then assistant solicitor) Gregory McKeithen to represent him” sometime between April and May.
McKeithen, who started with the Gwinnett solicitor’s office in January 2019, resigned from his position May 17, the same day the search warrant was applied for, documents obtained by the Daily Post show.
In the warrant, the Hall County deputy wrote that on May 3, while McKeithen was still employed by the Gwinnett solicitor’s office, he “accessed Tracker, the statewide prosecution database maintained by the prosecuting attorney’s council, and accessed the electronic file for ... State v. Koran Corbin, a Hall County criminal case.”
Solicitors are prohibited from working as defense attorneys during their employment, given the solicitor’s office prosecutes misdemeanor crimes.
In response to the warrant, McKeithen said Corbin “never retained” him for the Hall County case, and that the “limited discussion” via text message between McKeithen said Corbin was “regarding potential representation after Mr. McKeithen’s last day in the Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office.”
“No agreement for representation has been reached, as shown by the preliminary discussion,” McKeithen wrote in a motion for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office to recall the search warrant. “Second, Mr. McKeithen has never met Mr. Corbin. Third, no payment for services has been tendered ... At best, Mr. McKeithen’s text messages to Mr. Corbin (were) about potential representation at some date in the future after May 17, 2017.”
Despite McKeithen’s denials, the allegations prompted the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office to investigate, which found he may have used the prosecutor’s network to look up a case that he was a defense attorney on in 16 other cases, several news outlets reported.
While unlawful practice of law, the charge McKeithen could face if he was found to have worked as a defense attorney while employed as a prosecutor, is a misdemeanor, accessing a prosecutors-only network for a defense cause could fall under a felony computer crime.
McKeithen, who has run for public office several times, currently works at a private law firm in Gwinnett. He previously ran three unsuccessful campaigns in Gwinnett: one for Solicitor General in the 2014 race, another for Gwinnett County Superior Court in 2016 and most recently in 2018, for county commissioner.
The DA’s Office investigation is still active, and no charges have been filed.