Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Supreme Court Says Stoller Abused Its Process

On more than a dozen occasions in the past year, Leo Stoller has unsuccessfully sought Supreme Court review of various unfavorable lower court rulings. In the most recent case, the Supreme Court summarily disposed of his Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed in Stoller v. Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of Illinois (Docket No. 07-10194 May 27, 2008). The Court noted that Stoller "has repeatedly abused this Court's process" and it issued the order set out below.

The motion of petitioner for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is denied, and the petition for a writ of certiorari is dismissed. See Rule 39.8. As the petitioner has repeatedly abused this Court's process, the Clerk is directed not to accept any further petitions in noncriminal matters from petitioner unless the docketing fee required by Rule 38(a) is paid and the petition is submitted in compliance with Rule 33.1. See Martin v. District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 506 U.S. 1 (1992) (per curiam). Justice Stevens dissents. See id., at 4, and cases cited therein.

Rule 38(a) requires payment of a $300 filing fee, and Rule 33.1 sets forth in detail the particular printing and formatting requirements for the petition. The Supreme Court Rules may be found here.

Text Copyright John L. Welch 2008.


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