Inmate Sued for Suing Stevie Wonder, 3,799 Others

Feds want flood of frivolous suits to end

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 15, 2010 1:42 AM CDT | Updated Sep 19, 2010 8:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – Federal inmate Jonathan Lee Riches has sued Stevie Wonder. He's sued George W. Bush. He's sued Michael Vick and Martha Stewart. He's sued the philosopher Plato and the ex-planet Pluto. Riches has filed more than 3,800 lawsuits while in jail—many of them against people or entities that can't be sued—and now he's being sued himself by federal officials seeking to stop the flood of frivolous lawsuits, the AP reports.

Riches—who calls himself the "Zeus of lawsuits"—has filed suits in nearly every jurisdiction in the country since being jailed almost a decade ago for an online credit card scam. Federal officials want the Bureau of Prisons to block his outgoing mail or have a court employee designated to determine whether the lawsuits are frivolous before they are filed. (To read about other lawsuits of the weird, click here.)

Riches, 33, the Zeus of suits, has been passing his time in jail by filing thousands of lawsuits.
Riches, 33, the Zeus of suits, has been passing his time in jail by filing thousands of lawsuits.   (Bureau of Prisons)
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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. - Jonathan Lee Riches

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