17 September 2010
I know that some people can be zealous litigants. Examples include Trafigura and Alisher “Jabba the Uzbek” Usmanov who use the courts to delude themselves that they have a reputation that is anything other than in the gutter. Oh sorry Jabba gets his lawyers to shut down websites...
But none come close to Jonathan Lee Riches who is currently guest of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a consequence of phishing. According to the Telegraph he fires off four legal petitions a day to courts in Kentucky and has also launched cases across the country.
His targets have included former President George W Bush, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, and the singer Britney Spears. He once sued Stevie Wonder and the Dave Matthews Band in an attempt to halt a festival in Tennessee because he didn't like the music.
He has also tried to launch cases against Somali pirates, Plato and Adolf Hitler.
He even filed a lawsuit against the Guinness Book of Records, which he said was to prevent him being called the most litigious man in America.
In his petition for Riches v. the Guinness Book of Records, he admitted: "I've filed so many law suits with my pen and right hand that I got arthritis in my fingers, numbness in my wrists, crooked fingers. I got bags under my eyes for sleepless nights suing the world."
The US Attorney's Office in Kentucky said the persistent lawsuits were "a waste of judicial resources" and eat up court time that could be used for legitimate cases.
Prosecutors have now filed their own lawsuit asking for Riches' outgoing prison correspondence to be screened by a court employee, and any frivolous legal filings stopped.
Well I suppose it helps while away those long hours in the penitentiary but he is a vexatious litigant to the thirteenth power!
Before he is officially stopped I would like to state that he is obviously a loser with a laughably small appendage.
Jams O Donnell is contactable at the following address:
c/o Clayton Claw Cleaver Clementine of the Third Gland,
Póg mo Thóin Cottage,