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Suspended lawyer warned against ‘frivolous’ pleadings

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A federal judge has warned a suspended attorney to stop filing frivolous motions in an unsuccessful suit alleging police misconduct against the city of Gary and other defendants.

Former attorney Robert M. Holland III of Gary represents himself in litigation in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana naming Gary defendants as well as various Lake County officials. Originally filed in 2010, the court has since granted summary judgment to all defendants, and the judgments have been affirmed by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Holland asked for the judgment to be set aside under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60 and also filed a request for ruling or status conference. Magistrate Judge Paul R. Cherry’s April 24 order, warned Holland he was on thin ice continuing to plead a case with a “long and convoluted history” that’s been decided against him.

“Plaintiff … again asks that summary judgment be granted in his favor. But there is no newly discovered evidence or change in the law governing these issues, and Plaintiff has not identified any error of apprehension by the Court. Plaintiff’s motions are hence both denied. Indeed, both motions are frivolous and wholly without merit,” Cherry wrote.

“Plaintiff, who is a former attorney, should know better. This Court’s time is precious and should not be wasted. The Court thus warns Plaintiff that any further frivolous filings may result in the Court holding him in contempt of court.”

Holland was suspended in 2009 for collecting unreasonable fees, misuse of client trust funds and accusing an opposing attorney of bribing a judge, among other violatons.

The case in the Northern District of Indiana is Robert Holland v. City of Gary, 2:10-CV-454.
 
 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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