- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A California inmate who apparently killed himself in jail was a disbarred attorney who clashed often with judges, authorities said Tuesday.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday (https://tinyurl.com/kmfwvf8 ) that authorities believe Patrick Missud, 48, jumped from a second-story level in a Santa Clara County jail Saturday morning. Missud had been in jail since Feb. 16 on charges of attempting to threaten a public official.

Missud was disbarred in 2015 for moral turpitude after he refused to stop filing frivolous lawsuits, including suing judges who ruled against him. California State Bar records show Missud’s clashes with judges began when he filed a lawsuit over a real estate deal he disliked. After losing that case, Missud filed numerous lawsuits, appeals and other court actions against federal and state judges who ruled against him. He also filed court papers threatening some of the judges.

State Bar records show he earned an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh but doesn’t list a law school.

In September, Missud was involved in a high-profile standoff with police near San Francisco’s City Hall.

San Francisco police say Missud called 911 and reported that he had a semi-automatic gun and urged officers to kill him during a six-hour standoff. He ultimately surrendered and was found to have an air pistol.

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