U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton told lawyer Dean Browning Webb to edit his racketeering lawsuit against GMAC Mortgage because he did not follow federal civil rules that call for a “short and plain statement” of accusations, the Seattle Times reported Friday.
The judge cited an 18-page section naming six defendants as consisting “largely of useless repetition” and said the first allegation in the suit isn’t made until Page 30. He said Mr. Webb “embarks on an odyssey through his claims for relief” that goes on for 341 pages.
The judge stated his order in a limerick: “Plaintiff has a great deal to say, but it seems he skipped Rule 8(a). His complaint is too long, which renders it wrong, please re-write and re-file today.”
Meat-plant bosses face aliens charges
DES MOINES, Iowa — Two supervisors at an Iowa meatpacking plant that was raided by federal immigration agents in May were arrested and charged with encouraging people to live in the United States illegally.
Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza, 35, and Martin De La Rosa-Loera, 43, were also charged Thursday with and aiding and abetting the possession and use of fraudulent identification. Mr. Guerrero-Espinoza was charged with aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.
Federal immigration officials raided Agriprocessors, the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant, on May 12. Nearly 400 workers were detained and dozens of fraudulent permanent resident alien cards were seized from the plant’s human resources department, court records said.
Since the raid, critics had asked federal officials why no top executives at the plant had been arrested even though more than a third of the plant’s employees faced immigration charges.
“I’m still waiting to see whether federal officials will pursue an investigation into Agriprocessors itself for apparent workplace safety and immigration law violations,” said Rep. Bruce Braley, Iowa Democrat. “As I’ve said before, until we enforce our immigration laws equally against both employers and employees who break the law, we’ll continue to have a problem with illegal immigration.”
• From wire dispatches and staff reports