Inmates at the federal jail in Brooklyn are copyrighting their names and filing multimillion-dollar liens for unauthorized use in legal papers and transcripts.
“It’s frivolous and laughable on its face,” said defense lawyer Edward Jenks. He recently got an invoice from a former client for $41 million. Assistant U.S. Attorney Noah Perlman was socked with a $30 million bill for using an accused criminal’s name 60 times in court papers.
Copyright expert Susan Buckley said there is no legal basis for the claims the inmates are making. She predicted all will be dismissed.