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Appeals panel offers direction to abusive pro se litigant

November 26, 2014

The Indiana Court of Appeals has heard about enough from pro se litigant Eddie G. Love.

Convicted of two counts of Class B felony dealing cocaine, Love lost his appeal Wednesday of an Elkhart Circuit Court denial of his petition for writ of habeas corpus. Senior Judge Carr Darden wrote in a five-page order the claim was barred by the doctrine of res judicata.

Darden noted in Eddie G. Love v. State of Indiana, 20A03-1406-CR-201, the voluminous trail of litigation Love has filed since his conviction.

“In Zavodnik v. Harper, 17 N.E.3d 259, 268-69 (Ind. 2014), the Supreme Court discussed the imposition of reasonable restrictions, which may be imposed on any abusive litigant, including those who proceed pro se, and set forth examples of those restrictions. In the event Love continues to challenge his conviction at the trial court level, the Zavodnik opinion may be a helpful resource for the trial court,” Darden wrote.

“Should Love appeal from any decision involving his conviction, his notice of appeal shall include a list of all cases previously filed involving the same, similar, or related cause of action and the citations to the decisions rendered in the appeals from those cases.”
 

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