Santa Ana's Jose Manuel Lopez is angry about what he sees as his 2012 false arrest resulting in 67 days of wrongful confinement, but he chose to serve as his own lawyer while suing law enforcement officials and the move wasn't wise.
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A self-described astonished, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ralph Zarefsky this week ruled that Lopez's rambling, 55-page complaint wasn't just "overlong, speechifying and confusing," but also failed to clearly state a "short and plain" entitlement for legal relief.
The lawsuit filed inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse is "wasting paper, ink and time," though it alleges "a conspiracy of government agents" that Lopez claims landed him "in a Dickensian jail," Zarefsky stated.
To proceed, the 38-year-old Lopez "must eliminate from his pleading all preambles, introductions, argument, speeches, explanations, stories, griping, vouching, evidence, attempts to negate possible defenses, summaries and the like," the judge announced.More »