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Retired Judge Posner Continues to Fight for Pro Se Litigant

Dec. 21, 2017, 9:16 PM

Retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner requested Dec. 18 to appear as pro bono counsel for a pro se litigant after the Fourth Circuit rejected his request to appear as advisory counsel for him.

Posner filed an appearance of counsel form Dec. 18 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied Posner’s initial request Nov. 28. William C. Bond “adequately presented in the materials before this court,” the Fourth Circuit said in the unpublished opinion denying the advisory counsel request.

Bond sued federal officials in a Maryland federal district court, alleging they violated his First Amendment and due process rights by spying on him in an attempt to cover up “‘provable corruption’ in the Maryland U.S. courthouse.”

In its opinion granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss, the district court noted that Bond “is a frequent litigant before this court,” alleging “various blanket but unspecific violations of his legal rights.”

Posner retired this year after more than 35 years on the bench.