My favorite pro se was a man I'll call Eddie. Eddie was a guest of the State of Connecticut, serving time for a felony or two. While in the tuna fish can, he experienced chest pain, whereupon they brought him to a local hospital, my client. Eddie claimed that while he was undergoing a stress test, he fell off the treadmill, sustaining sprains, strains, and various other not terribly detectable injuries, which were all of a permanent and disabling nature. He filed a lawsuit. Among other things, Eddie asserted that his civil rights had been violated. His complaint was drafted in ballpoint pen on lined yellow paper. He had highly legible handwriting and impeccable grammar.
Pro Se Felon Turns Into Friendly Foe
The Connecticut Law Tribune
February 2, 2009
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