Lawyer’s Suit Against Seven Justices Fails
The lawyer for the alleged D.C. madam has failed in his attempt to sue seven justices on the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing to hear an earlier appeal in his divorce case.
The seven justices had to recuse themselves in the case brought by Montgomery Blair Sibley, SCOTUSblog reports. That left two justices and a lack of a quorum, which had the effect of affirming a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The federal appeals court had ruled (PDF) the justices were protected by judicial immunity and upheld dismissal of Sibley’s lawsuit.
Sibley is the lawyer for alleged D.C. madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey. But lawsuits over his divorce have also landed him in the news.
Florida dubbed Sibley a vexatious litigant and restricted divorce-related filings, ABAJournal.com noted in a prior post. The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said his suits amounted to a “multi-headed leviathan of meritless litigation,” according to the earlier post.
Ironically, Sibley’s suit had claimed the justices should have recused themselves when they refused to hear his divorce appeal. But today their recusal resulted in a loss for Sibley.
The D.C. federal court (PDF) had dismissed Sibley’s case, which also named 11th Circuit judges who had dismissed his case (PDF).