Patterico's Pontifications


And You Thought This Judge Was a Softie on Wrongdoers . . .

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:53 pm

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, (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.


  1. I’m guessing Cyrus even before checking the link.

    Comment by Have Blue (854a6e) — 11/25/2009 @ 11:11 pm

  2. i think i have been attending classes with this moron….

    if not, it’s his cousin. %-)

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 11/25/2009 @ 11:12 pm

  3. Absolutely Cyrus Sinai. What a Myron, that Cyrus.

    Comment by John Hitchcock (3fd153) — 11/25/2009 @ 11:36 pm

  4. I have not understood you to have ever argued, Patterico, that Judge Reinhardt was incapable of getting things right on any issue. I have no reason to doubt that he’s gotten many other decisions right, too. But that simply doesn’t excuse his consistent abuse of office in death penalty cases, however, so I cannot join you in sharing a Strange New Respect for him as a result of this particular ruling.

    Comment by Beldar (ec928b) — 11/26/2009 @ 5:08 am

  5. I really hope that Cyrus loses his license to practice law. God wouldn’t that be awesome?

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (d027b8) — 11/26/2009 @ 7:51 am

  6. Hey! I’ve heard of that blog somewhere! I think it was run by Patrick Kennedy. Or maybe Patrick Swayze.


    Comment by JRM (fe8ec0) — 11/26/2009 @ 7:51 am

  7. If it was run by Patrick Kennedy, it’d be crashed on the steps of the Capitol with the owner barricaded in his office claiming the Ambien did it….. if “it” had actually been proved to have occurred of course…

    I wonder how much the Kennedy family trust budgets annually for legal drama…

    Congrats to Cyrus for absorbing the beatdown. I’m sure there’s more of the same kind of fun in the future

    Comment by SteveG (97b6b9) — 11/26/2009 @ 8:27 am

  8. That’s a smackdown.

    Comment by SPQR (df1098) — 11/26/2009 @ 8:34 am

  9. Reinhart citing you! :) Congratulations.

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving, all.

    Comment by Patricia (b05e7f) — 11/26/2009 @ 8:45 am

  10. I just looked in your archive and I can’t figure out what article from June 17 he’s referring to.

    Comment by Steven Den Beste (99cfa1) — 11/26/2009 @ 8:56 am

  11. SMACKDOWN!!!!!

    Who could this mystery serial dirtbag complainant be?

    Assertions and allegations without evidence?

    Distortion of the historical record?

    Which Officer of the Court do we know who would abuse our legal system in such a manner?

    For some reason I have a feeling the condescending gasbag will arrive here and claim victory with the above decision


    Comment by daleyrocks (41a3a0) — 11/26/2009 @ 9:06 am

  12. Now we’re waiting for reference not only to a post, but to your own legal anaysis.

    This could lead to a nice poll, what legal blogs do judges most frequent, organized according to what level, from SCOTUS on down…

    Comment by MD in Philly (227f9c) — 11/26/2009 @ 9:18 am

  13. For those not inclined to go digging, here’s the referenced post.

    Comment by Anon Y. Mous (1c27f8) — 11/26/2009 @ 9:23 am

  14. But that simply doesn’t excuse his consistent abuse of office in death penalty cases, however, so I cannot join you in sharing a Strange New Respect for him as a result of this particular ruling.

    I can’t join myself in it either. It was kinda sorta tongue in cheek, like a lot of things I say. I just wanted to use the phrase “Strange New Respect.”

    Comment by Patterico (64318f) — 11/26/2009 @ 9:39 am

  15. Patterico, how about “Higher Minimum Regard”?

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (3c3db0) — 11/26/2009 @ 10:51 am

  16. BTW, is that actually a LINK in a appellate decision?

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (3c3db0) — 11/26/2009 @ 10:52 am

  17. There is a guy from Chicago, Il. named Leo Stoller who is even worse and Stoller is not even a lawyer. The courts are treating him just as lightly.

    Comment by Hondo (eb6164) — 11/26/2009 @ 10:53 am

  18. It sounds like this mystery Complainant should move to Florida while the gettin’ is good and join the thriving law practice of David Petrano, Esq. Mary Katherine makes a heckuva paralegal.

    Comment by daleyrocks (62b617) — 11/26/2009 @ 10:57 am

  19. Reinhardt just “made” someone’s list (and I don’t mean Santa’s).

    This couldn’t have happened to a “nicer” guy.

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (9653bd) — 11/26/2009 @ 10:58 am

  20. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Reinhardt to cite some of your OTHER recent posts about him. Heh.

    Comment by Mitch (e40959) — 11/26/2009 @ 11:35 am

  21. If I was looking for an attorney, I don’t think I’d want one that had pissed off half the judges in the world.

    Comment by Dave Surls (c64805) — 11/26/2009 @ 11:50 am

  22. If I was looking for an attorney, I don’t think I’d want one that had pissed off half the judges in the world.

    Are you kidding? For the vast majority of the uninformed, conspiracy-haunted, permanently-unappreciated-but-demanding-of-respect armchair revolutionaries who make up the fringey left, this guy probably represents the ultimate Speaker of Truth To Power!

    Fearless, scrupulously honest, willing to risk all in order to cast light wherever his clients’ confused perceptions indicate light is needed, and yet almost sure to lose every cause (which takes all the pressure off of the clients), this guy is like the Kunstler of the ought-tens.

    Comment by bobby b (4baf73) — 11/27/2009 @ 2:23 am

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