- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - An inmate serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated assault since 2006 has been flooding Arizona’s federal courts with so many civil suits workers have been added just to handle his filings.

Dale Maisano, 63, filed nearly 3,000 lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Tucson last year, a figure U.S. District Court in Arizona Brian Karth said is more than 75 percent of the cases filed in 2014, according to the Arizona Daily Star (https://bit.ly/1HZKmvy ).

None of the lawsuits - which claim civil-rights violations at the hands of judges, prison wardens and health care providers - have reached a jury. Civil filings are reviewed by law clerks who determine the appropriate response.

Maisano’s handwritten filings have forced the Tucson court to hire a temporary law clerk to catch up on all the civil complaints, Karth said.

Maisano also files in Pinal and Maricopa counties, as well as in district courts in Chicago, St. Louis, and Tennessee.

As a result of his zealous complaints, two federal judges placed limits on how many cases Maisano can file. In February 2014, Judge Raner C. Collins issued an injunction stopping him from filing more than one case per month.

In an April 14 order, Judge Stephen M. McNamee said Maisano was abusing the legal process “egregiously and often.”

Despite the judges, Maisano says he has no plans of stopping.

“They’re gag orders. They mean basically nothing,” he said.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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