Prosecutors Ask Court To Block Inmate’s Frivolous Lawsuits


A federal inmate who has filed more than 3,800 lawsuits and targeted the famous and the infamous is being sued by federal officials who want him to knock it off, the Associated Press reports. Federal prosecutors who say they have had enough of the frivolous filings have asked a judge to stop Jonathan Lee Riches. Since 2006, Riches has filed lawsuits in nearly every jurisdiction in the country.

The inmate who dubbed himself “Lawsuit Zeus” has filed up to four of his handwritten petitions a day in Kentucky courts alone. The 33-year-old inmate at the federal prison in Lexington, Ky., has sued New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, former President George W. Bush, then-Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and even Somali pirates. The U.S. Attorney in Lexington calls Riches’ lawsuits “a waste of judicial resources.” Prosecutors want to allow the federal Bureau of Prisons to screen Riches’ outgoing mail or to designate a federal court employee to determine if the legal filings are frivolous and stop the mail from being sent.

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