7th Circuit Sanctions Leo Stoller for Deceptive In Forma Pauperis Petition
On December 4, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issued an order (here) sanctioning Leo Stoller for deceptive statements made in an application for in forma pauperis status in an appeal from a bankruptcy court ruling. The appellate court reinstated a "Mack order" directing the clerks of all federal courts in the 7th Circuit to return as unfiled any papers submitted by or on behalf of Stoller. No sooner than two years from the date of the order, Stoller may apply for modification or rescission of the order.
The court of appeals also ordered that the matter be referred to the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois to consider "whether a perjury prosecution is warranted."
Text Copyright John L. Welch 2009.