John Steele Keeps Playing Games With Judge Wright

from the probably-not-a-good-idea dept

When your credibility is already in serious question in a courtroom situation, in part because of a long series of games you played with the court, where the court has made it clear that it believes those games were intended to fraudulently deceive the court, anyone with a few brain cells would recognize that it's probably best not to continue playing games with that court. But, then there's John Steele. Steele appears to be unable to resist trying to play more games with Judge Wright's court. The latest is that, back on Tuesday July 2nd, Judge Wright had scheduled a hearing for Friday July 12th in the Prenda case. John Steele has continued to pretend that he is unaware of filings in the case -- a somewhat unbelievable stance and which, if true, would only suggest that Steele himself failed to abide by court rules that require him to provide an updated email address, which would be an acceptable means of service. The rules are pretty clear:
However, Steele filed a motion on July 8th, claiming that he had only just heard about the hearing on July 12th, saying it was delivered by mail, and claiming that it would be impossible for him to attend the hearing in person.
On July 2, 2013, the Court issued a notice (ECF No. 200) scheduling a hearing for July 12, 2013, on the undersigned's motion for reconsideration. The undersigned resides in Florida and just received notice on July 8, 2013 via U.S. Mail. The undersigned has a previously scheduled family matter that prohibits his in-person attendance at the July 12, 2013 hearing. Further, nine days' notice--over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, in particular--is a prohibitively narrow window of time for to receive notice of a hearing via U.S. Mail, and schedule travel arrangements to appear cross-country. Finally, attending a hearing in California is an extremely expensive proposition as it requires plane fare, a hotel room and other incidental expenses.
Of course, as noted above, the court's rules have already made it clear that electronic notification is sufficient here, and Steele therefore should have received notice on the 2nd, not the 8th, and if he did not, it would be his own fault for not having the correct information in the system (and, honestly, does anyone actually believe that Steele is not paying attention to the details of this case, when he's been shown to pay very close attention in the past?).

Separately, the "oh it's so expensive" excuse is somewhat amusing, considering this is the same Steele who has claimed to have made millions from copyright trolling, and bragged to his critics about how he's about to go buy an expensive luxury sports car (with list prices around $100,000) with all the money he's making. That was just a few months ago. Seems fairly incredible to plead poverty months later...

It shouldn't be that surprising, then, to see that Judge Wright denied Steele's request very quickly, while also noting that Steele appears to have lied in his motion. In the original motion, Steele claimed that a Court clerk told him that he "would have to file a motion if he wished to participate in the hearing telephonically." However, in the denial of the request, Wright notes: "Mr. Steele was advised by telephone on July 8, 2013 by the clerk, that his request for a telephonic appearance regarding his motion set July 12th is denied, and did NOT advise him to file such motion as stated in his motion."

So after already being told such a request was denied, Steele files the motion claiming that the clerk told him to file a motion, which the clerk did not. Did Steele not think that the clerk would talk to Judge Wright? So, what are the odds that Steele actually shows up on Friday?


Filed Under: ecf, john steele, otis wright, pacer, service
Companies: prenda, prenda law


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    Anon E. Mous (profile), 10 Jul 2013 @ 9:51pm

    There comes a time when you think your smarter than you actually are, and Steele is starting to find this out.

    Everyone knows that Steele is the real brains behind Prenda and Hansmeier is right behind him, with Duffy as a distant third.

    Steele is playing games he knows it, we know it and Judge Wright knows this as well. Judge Wright in the last hearing that they all had to attend where everyone took the 5th gave the Prenda gang the benefit of the doubt and let them have a continuance and moved the hearing date further on the courts calendar.

    Now if you all recall that was because almost everyone from Prenda filed a motion to appear by phone and it got denied, they then asked for another date which Judge Wright granted.

    Now could Judge Wright grant Steele and extension, sure he could, but Judge Wright is familiar with the tactics of Prenda which are deny, deny deny and delay, delay, delay.

    The mere fact that Steele was using a virtual office so he could say he had no physical office to be served at, no physical office address to be served at, and no fax or phone numbers to be gotten a hold of is just another attempt at avoidance to be served of filings and court directives.

    We all know Steele desperately wants to avoid going into a courtroom and having to be sworn in under oath, because you can bet Judge Wright and Pietz would love to have Steele under oath an get it on the court record his answers to many questions.

    I think Judge Wright may well grant Steele a further date, Steele however will still have to face the music and appear before Judge Wright.

    Steele I imagine will lawyer up though and plead the fifth once again. There is no way he is going to want to get trapped into answering anything by Judge Wright and Pietz.

    If Steele does appear I expect Judge Wright is going to grill him about the bond and why Steele is claiming to know nothing about anything with this case when correspondence and his filings show otherwise.

    Either way I expect still to come out with some financial penalties out of this hearing.

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