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September 16, 2014

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Court says no more to inmate who has filed 108 appeals

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court says it will no longer accept appeals from a prison inmate deemed a “vexatious litigant” unless he pays the associated court fees.

Percy Lavae Bacon, an inmate at the Southern Desert Correctional Center, has submitted 108 appeals with the court, officials said.

In February, the court said its “limited resources are not well spent in reviewing and deciding frivolous petitions and appeals.”

The court said it cannot impose a fine against Bacon, serving an 18-year burglary sentence, because he has no money to pay.

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  1. It only took them 108 times to decide this? What on Earth is the judicial branch thinking?

  2. Five appeals with no positive issues is a done deal. The money is better spent on public needs. 107 appeals defines fatally flawed errors in the Right to Due Process.

  3. When I worked for a short time for the Nevada Attorney General's office before I moved out of Vegas, there was one inmate that kept filing motions, deposition subpoenas, etc. even though his case was closed. Had been closed for a couple of years. These were not appeals but actual discovery motions - all of which had already been covered during this guy's trial. But the Court kept accepting these filings and, of course, because the AG's office represented the State, we HAD to answer everything. I thought it was ridiculous and NEVER in all my 28 years in the legal field did I ever see anything like this. 23 of those years were spent in Illinois and this NEVER would have happened there. Once a case is closed and all appeals have been exhausted, that was it. A person has had his day in court. But rumor had it that the prisoner was a high ranking gang leader from LA and the judges were intimidated by him and his gang that were still out on the street. He was still calling the shots even though he had been in prison for awhile and was going to be there for the rest of his life.

  4. Wise decision. Let's go for this long before 108 appeals without payment of filing fees. Makes us wonder if inaction was the Justices means of insisting we finance an intermediate appeals court. The backlogs and cases addressed could be handled much more expeditiously and practically with LESS cost than now.