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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Best Case Caption Ever

This (link via Metafilter) is my favorite pro se lawsuit of all time. Jonathan Lee Riches, currently incarcerated, sued the proverbial laundry list of defendants; this particular laundry list runs for 57 pages of PACER output. It starts off innocently enough, with George W. Bush; Richard B. Cheney; Condoleeza Rice; Donald H. Rumsfeld; and John W. Snow, but then takes the first of many strange detours with “Uniform Commercial Code ‘UCC’, Unknown Authors of the.” It just gets better and better from there, until the glorious conclusion of Congolese Army; De Gaulle Paris Airport; Skittles Candy; and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The complaint was apparently dismissed summarily for failure to pay filing fees, and it sounds as though it was probably just the usual jailhouse fun and games, but the imagination on display in the list of parties is stunning. There are so many different categories of defendants that I’m impressed one person thought of them all. The list of defendants includes:

  • www.accuweather.com
  • Queen of England
  • Gambino Crime Family
  • Vienna Convention
  • Jewish Workers at NBC/Universal
  • Plato
  • Various Buddhist Monks
  • Medieval Times
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Appalachian Trail
  • Planet of Pluto
  • Cleo, Miss
  • Ninja Samurai Fighters
  • Engine #9, Fire Department
  • Choicepoint
  • Psychology Socialism

Truly a work of art.

Posted by James Grimmelmann on July 28, 2007 at 09:41 PM in Criminal Law | Permalink


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