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Ninth Circuit Judicial Council Sanctions Cyrus Sanai

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:23 pm

And refers the matter to the State Bar:

The Ninth Circuit Judicial Council yesterday sanctioned Beverly Hills attorney Cyrus Sanai, saying he had filed frivolous complaints against 19 federal judges.

The court ordered that any further misconduct complaints filed by Sanai, best known as the lawyer whose discovery of sexually explicit material on Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski’s personal website led to the judge being admonished, be submitted to the court for review prior to being filed.

Only after “a determination is made as to whether it merits further review” will the filing of a complaint by Sanai be permitted, the order provides. The council also publicly reprimanded Sanai and ordered that a copy of its order be served on the State Bar of California for consideration of further discipline.

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“An attorney filing a frivolous misconduct complaint diminishes the effectiveness of our system of justice, and also may have an adverse effect on the random assignment of judges who may feel compelled to recuse even in light of unfounded allegations,” the council wrote. “We conclude that both a public reprimand and a pre-filing order are appropriate sanctions for this abuse of the misconduct complaint procedure.”

Here is the opinion.

32 Responses to “Ninth Circuit Judicial Council Sanctions Cyrus Sanai”

  1. 5… 4… 3…

    Karl (83846d)

  2. Somebody needs to seriously reconsider his career choices.

    AD-RtR/OS! (406bfe)

  3. ^ lol


    Dustin (b54cdc)

  4. Where were these judges when Sarah Palin was being maliciously accused of wrongdoing in the courts. I guess it only matters when it happens to them, huh?

    TimothyJ (5a11f5)

  5. Karl – Exactly. Somebody should be arriving any second to declare victory if history is any guide.

    daleyrocks (940075)

  6. i’ve found my new attorney!

    Roman Polanski (fb8750)

  7. Who is this guy and why do we care?

    SteveG (cc5dc9)

  8. Comment by Roman Polanski — 10/1/2010 @ 9:41 pm

    Cyrus would finally have a client with less credibility than when he represents himself.

    AD-RtR/OS! (406bfe)

  9. Cyrus Sanai is a laywer who posts here on occasion, and some of his cases have been mentioned in blog posts.

    Without commenting on the morality of some of his cases as they have been portrayed, given that there are two sides to every story, I did admire what I saw of his gamesmanship. Not that good gamesmanship will necessarily get you where you want with a judge, but it seemed like good gamesmanship.

    luagha (aba9b0)

  10. Once judges figure out they can play machine politics even easier than lawmakers can, we’ll see a lot more of these wagons circling.

    TD (3b0b47)

  11. Judges need to be taken down a notch.

    ID (3e1a46)

  12. Maybe he can represent Gloria Allred in her disbarment hearing.

    Kevin M (298030)

  13. Or vice versa.

    Kevin M (298030)

  14. They’re absolutely made for each other.

    AD-RtR/OS! (406bfe)

  15. Maybe he can represent Gloria Allred in her disbarment hearing.
    Or vice versa.
    They’re absolutely made for each other.

    “two men enter, one man leaves.”

    Aunty Entity (fb8750)

  16. Two days ago I had to pay a fine to the Illinois Supreme Court, myself. No question of ethical violations in my case, though. And unless Cyrus actually provided false information in his complaints, I don’t think there are any in his case, either. His sanction should have been only by the court and the matter should not have been referred to the disciplinary board.

    nk (db4a41)

  17. Think of the “power corrupts” saying and you will realize that behind those robes is someone that, more than likely, isn’t a friend to the common man. The position lends itself to arrogance and retaliation.

    Mac (9a596e)

  18. Kozinski was admonished for “frolic in pasture”…

    ColonelHaiku (fb9945)

  19. Sanai show his ass
    To judges for years and years
    Judges say shut up

    daleyrocks (940075)

  20. OT: O’Keefe stepped in it again. I Told You So. It’s past time to disavow support for that reckless, stupid kid. Just because he’s an “enemy of our enemies” doesn’t mean we should side with him. Even Breitbart is fed up now.

    gp (72be5d)

  21. It really still amazes me how effective he was against ACORN. Had he told me that sting’s plan before going in, I would have urged him not to try it. I’m shocked it worked so well.

    That may have made him cocky. He was the victim of a fraud, IMO, with the Louisiana sting. That sting didn’t work at all, I think predictably, but the comments made about him at the time were lies. Everyone wanted to pile on in order to repudiate the ironclad case shown against ACORN, a terrible criminal enterprise.

    Just as Sanai’s amazing ability to remain a lawyer is the reason he became worse and worse and worse, I think O’Keefe is a human being who let an amazing success go to his head. I don’t really understand the point of his recent deal, other than to be funny (and it didn’t seem very funny).

    No need to ‘disavow’ him, though. That rhetoric really exposes the game. These people are hurt that the truth came out about ACORN and Obama (they are one and the same).

    Sanai is a better example of consistent unreliable behavior.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  22. It’s past time to disavow support for that reckless, stupid kid

    Oh, by all means we should throw him under the bus. I mean, other than exposing a massive and fraudulent non – profit voter registration scheme conducted under the taxpayer’s auspices, what kind of a reckless nutbag is he, anyway?

    This is the part where you spell out in detail the many far left/gov’t scams you’ve exposed and put out of business in your lifetime. Don’t leave anything out, now.

    Dmac (84da91)

  23. OT: O’Keefe stepped in it again. I Told You So

    So stop threadjacking and go off and bray to your self – reflection in the mirror, Moby.

    Dmac (84da91)

  24. I read the order a few days ago but didn’t know to whom it referred.

    Mitch (e40959)

  25. Thank goodness, he hasn’t returned here.

    Alan (7130c5)

  26. To answer NK’s question:

    The complaint at issue was my complaint against Judge Kozinski, the allegations of which were found to constitute misconduct by the Third Circuit, plus others. So the ONLY complaint in the Ninth Circuit’s history ever to have allegations found to constitute misconduct by a sitting appellate judge was found “frivolous”.

    None of the allegations were found to be false; instead the Ninth Circuit found that they constituted merits-related allegations. The fundamental defect in this ruling is that merits related allegations are appropriate under the existing rules if the motivation was improper or the conduct constituted extreme abuse of judicial power. However, the Ninth Circuit refuses to acknowledge that aspect of the existing rules and case law. So what else is new there?

    Still, this hardly unexpected punishment for my whistleblowing leads now directly to the next level, which I am sure you will be reading about here in due course.

    Cyrus Sanai (e4e5cb)

  27. Sheer comedy gold, and Sanai matches his previous record with a misrepresentation in the first sentence as can be noticed by anyone bothered to read the linked article.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  28. Cyrus, it’s patently clear you have these guys on the ropes. Go for the knock out!

    daleyrocks (940075)

  29. Its getting wide circulation, even Groklaw has the news item posted.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  30. Has Cyrus ever worked without his clown nose?

    Larry, Curly, Moe, Joe, Shemp, Curly Joe, Cyrus

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  31. Cyrus the Virus never fails to entertain.

    JD (467394)

  32. He was a summer clerk at my firm in 1989. Total loser. Didn’t get an offer and that was back in the days where you would give an offer to anyone who was breathing.

    PHS (9f0104)

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