August 17, 2012
Burden of Goof
I sue! It's 'burden of goof' in city's most ludicrous, lawyerless cases
About a fifth of all cases clogging up the city's civil federal courthouses each year are filed by people with fools for clients — themselves.
"We have a lot of frivolous cases," veteran Judge Frederic Block said of self-filed lawsuits. "On the other hand, all the judges feel that you have to just grin and bear it . . . they do deserve their day in court." [...]
Some of those cases were downright weird.
There's the Brooklyn widow who believes she's been targeted by a demonic cult and has filed nearly 100 lawsuits over the years; the Queens man who says the government has been poisoning his food; and the Manhattan man who recently claimed to be author Herman Melville's nephew — and therefore entitled to all royalties from "Moby-Dick."
H.T. Jeff G.
Posted by joke du jour at August 17, 2012 06:01 PM
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