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Jonathan Lee Riches, "Lawsuit Zeus", gets sued

Meet Jonathan Lee Riches, Federal Bureau of Prisons register # 40948-018:

Jonathan Lee Riches, filer of more than 1,000 lawsuits

Riches is serving a sentence for wire fraud, and is scheduled to be released in March, 2012. He was featured here in a piece I wrote about frivolous prison lawsuits:

Jailbird Dungeons & Dragons, and other bizarre prison lawsuits

Mr. Riches, an inmate in Kentucky, is widely considered to be the most litigious man in the world.  He has filed over 3,800 lawsuits while incarcerated.  Yes, you read that correctly: 3,800 lawsuits, all filed pro se while in prison.  Riches has referred to himself as "Lawsuit Zeus"; others have referred to him as "the Patrick Ewing of Suing"--which hurt his feelings, according to a lawsuit that he subsequently filed against the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009, claiming

"These phrases (i.e. "Patrick Ewing of Suing," "Johnny Sue-nami," etc ...) hurt my feelings and violate my civil rights. I've filed so many law suits with my pen and right hand that I got arthritis in my fingers, numbness in my wrists, crooked fingers, I got bags under my eyes for sleepless nights suing the world..."
He has sued persons both living and dead, famous and not-so famous, including George W. Bush, Somali pirates, the makers of the video game Grand Theft Auto, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Martha Stewart.  Recently he filed a suit against Lady Gaga and Nadya Suleman  ("Octomom") for stealing the idea for the song "Poker Face" from him:

I received $52,000 at a Kroger grocery store Western Union. I then spent my money lavishly around Las Vegas. I was at a poker table where Stefani Germanotta sat next to me and asked "Excuse me, are those Bugle Boy jeans your [sic] wearing." I did not respond then Germanotta told me she knew me from being a Internet celebrity all over Google and Wikipedia. Google "Jonathan Lee Riches." She said she heard about me having the Guinness Book of World Records for suing the most people in the history of mankind and then she asked for my autograph on her breast. I said "Look lady, can't you see I got a poker face, I'm trying to concentrate" she then said "Poker face, I'm going to use that in a song of mine one day."

Riches is once again in the news because, in an unbelievably poetic development, he is being sued:

Federal prosecutors who say they have had enough of the frivolous filings have filed a lawsuit of their own asking a judge to take unusual action to stop Jonathan Lee Riches. 
Vexed by his filing of as many as 4 handwritten suits per day, US Attorneys ask the court  " 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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