Idaho Justices Ban ‘Vexatious Litigant’
To its credit, the Idaho Supreme Court yesterday unanimously upheld a lower court’s decison to declare Holli Lundahl Telford a “vexatious litigant” under a new law aimed at neutralizing those who repeatedly file frivolous lawsuits.
According to the Associated Press, Telford will now need a judge’s permission before bringing another lawsuit in Gem State courts.
“Telford was the first person to challenge the law at the Supreme Court, but she’s no stranger to being declared a justice system nuisance,” explained AP. “Court records show she has been designated a vexatious litigant by the states of Utah, California, Montana, Idaho’s federal court, the 9th and 10th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Telford challenged the [vexatious litigant] designation, arguing that the judge abused his discretion, that the order was issued before she had a chance to respond, and that court clerks handling the case manipulated rules and deadlines. She also argued that Idaho’s rule giving judges authority to identify vexatious litigants was unconstitutional.”
If this pathetic, perpetual plaintiff dares to file suit again in Idaho without clearing it with a judge, she’ll find herself in contempt of court. Perhaps a few weeks or months in jail will give her time to contemplate the tax dollars that are wasted by her meritless lawsuits and the legitimate litigants who are forced to wait longer for their day in court because she and others like her clog court dockets with crazy nonsense.