Frequent Filer of Frivolous Lawsuits Sues Betty Crocker and Lambeau Field

September 16, 2010

The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog yesterday had a story regarding a federal inmate and frequent frivolous litigant Jonathan Lee Riches. It seems that the United States District Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky has attempted to obtain an injunction preventing Mr. Riches from filing documents in any court unless a federal judge determines that they have a basis in law and fact.

Mr. Riche’s history of filing lawsuits that are later dismissed as frivolous is quite long. His filings are often hard to understand, and his list of parties are also sometimes confusing. A search of:

AT(LEE-RICHES) & PRO-SE INMATE-MAIL CORRECTIONAL-INSTITUTION

Returns over 2,000 results in DOCK-ALL, although in fairness they may not all be Mr. Lees cases, they are simply anything with Lee Riches in the attorney field with pro se, inmate mail, or correctional institution elsewhere in the document. One docket in particular stands out (and has a new motion filed as of July 30th 2010) as having a very strange mix of parties, some of the extremely numerous names:

We start out with the usual individuals:

GEORGE W. BUSH INDIVIDUALLY AND IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

RICHARD B. CHENEY VICE PRESIDENT

CONDOLEEZA RICE SECRETARY OF STATE

No real surprises there for a case filed in 2006. However the list of parties also contains foreign governments and celebrities:

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL

THE VATICAN

JERRY WEST VICE PRESIDENT OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS

TONY DANZA

ANNA NICHOLE SMITH

BRAD PITT AND HIS ADOPTED SON MADDOX PITT/JOLIE

SADDAM HUSSEIN

But more strangely included are a large list of inanimate objects, geographical places, long dead historical figures, wholly fictional product spokespeople and sometimes ephemeral concepts that have no physical existence. Some examples:

VIENNA CONVENTION

MAGNA CARTA

TSUNAMI VICTIMS

FRUIT OF A-LOOM [sic.]

PLATO

MEIN KAMPF

NORDIC GODS

THE DA VINCI CODE

MT. RUSHMORE

GREEN BAY’S LAMBEAU FIELD

MING DYNASTY

GANGS IN HONG KONG

THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES

BETTY CROCKER

LIBERTY BELL

This is a very small sampling of the parties. You can find the entire list by clicking the link above.
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West Reference Attorneys