A few month ago, I wrote about a defendant in a case for stating plainly in a court document something like “Ferguson can’t quite understand…”
I called it a plea of imbecility.
There has been a similar claim of ignorance of courthouse vocabulary by another pro se defendant in a suit filed by John Hoge. Details here.
Despite suing several people, defending himself — and sometimes not defending himself — from nine Peace/Restraining Orders, this defendant has apparently decided that not only is ignorance bliss, but ignorance of legal terminology is a good defense.
Please, please. If John Hoge is suing you, get a lawyer.
Alternatively, fight it yourself, but plan on having to add to your existing skill set. Learn the law. Try to avoid insulting people in your motions. Pay attention to due dates. Look for misspelled words in your text.
Set aside money for airfare. Learn copyright and contract law.
Stay the hell off Twitter, especially as it concerns your opposing litigant’s family. Understand that “his friends started it…” is rarely a good excuse in court.
Remember that losing a suit you started might not be a big thing. Losing a suit which Hoge started might mean you pay money. To Hoge. Man, that’s gonna hurt.
If you’ve sued people just to make their lives difficult, then dropped the suits more than 6 times, yes. That is a hobby. Unless it is an obsession. Judge’s choice.
Claiming that you have other interests “that do not include interfering in the lives of others by filing frivolous lawsuits…” actually is not a good argument. It merely states that you have other interests perhaps in addition to suing people.
Remember that disabled people are frequently unable to do certain life activities. Claiming disability with no marked loss in ability is actually bad form.
Whatever you do, don’t just stand around acting stupid. Oh, people will believe it, but judges won’t care.