I read this Ninth Circuit order regarding a Complaint of Judicial Misconduct today, and I’m trying to figure out who the unnamed “complainant” is. The order begins as follows:
Complainant, an attorney, has filed three misconduct complaints against thirteen circuit judges and six district judges . . .
I’ll quote you the conclusion of the order — which is jolly entertaining and should be read in its entirety — and we’ll see if you can help me out here:
Complainant has made numerous allegations accusing the many judges who have ruled against him or members of his family, both in civil cases and with respect to misconduct complaints that he has filed, of doing so in order to injure him or to effect nefarious or dishonest purposes. He has done so without any factual basis for his claims, and appears to have described his conduct as part of a litigation strategy. See Patterico’s Pontifications, posting dated June 17, 2008, http://patterico.com (last visited Nov.19, 2009). Complainant, moreover, has a history of using the federal courts and the state appeals courts to accuse state judges who have made rulings adverse to him and members of his family of bias and corruption. Although I do not believe it would be appropriate for me, in my present role, to initiate sanction proceedings against complainant, see Judicial Conduct Rule 10(a), complainant’s conduct warrants referral to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council for whatever action in this regard, including referral to the state bar, it may deem appropriate. See: In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, 550 F.3d 769 (9th Cir. Jud. Council 2008).
Also very, very funny is the identity of the Ninth Circuit judge who wrote the order. Suffice it to say I have a Strange New Respect for a certain heretofore reviled member of our federal judiciary.
This is my favorite post I have written in months. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
UPDATE: Here is the post to which the decision refers.