according to a report at PennLive.com. What follows is from Lauren Boyer's article which ran in the Patriot News:
A federal magistrate issued a $10,000 sanction on Harrisburg attorney [former congressman,] and former auditor general Don Bailey in a 56-page opinion accusing him of having a lengthy record of filing frivolous lawsuits.
'I’m under assault by judges,' Bailey said, who vowed to appeal. 'Will these judges get at me? I’m sure somehow some way. That’s the price I pay for what I do.' The sanction stems from an Adams County lawsuit in which Bailey’s client, David Lease, accused officials in Hamilton Twp. of retaliating against him through code enforcement of his property. Last April, U.S. Middle District Chief Judge Yvette Kane found Bailey guilty of violating Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which prohibits filing actions that needlessly increase costs or lengths of litigation. She then forwarded the case to U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson to decide the proper penalty.
Carlson ordered Bailey to pay the defense $10,000, reimbursement for 50 hours of work at $200 per hour by attorney Sean E. Summers of the York-based Barley Snyder, LLC. Joanne Ross Wilder, a Pittsburgh attorney who chairs the Pennsylvania Bar Association Ethics Committee, called such sanctions 'very unusual.' 'I don’t know anybody who has been sanctioned for repeatedly filing frivolous lawsuits,' Wilder said. 'It strains the resources of the court that are needed for legitimate ones.'
In ordering the reimbursement, Carlson lists nine other cases where he believes Bailey is responsible for 'filing inappropriate submissions, presenting unfounded allegations, submitting frivolous and unsupported legal arguments, vexatious litigation engaging in unwarranted personal invective and plagiarism.''
A civil rights lawyer since 1988, Bailey said he will appeal these 'ludicrous' charges, which he attributes to a court bias against him for uncovering a truck manufacturing scheme in the 1980s that he said tarnished reputations in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI. Bailey served in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1983 until re-districting eliminated his seat in Westmoreland County. He was defeated in campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate. He served one term as Pennsylvania auditor general from 1985 to 1989.
Bailey said no amount of sanctions will stop him from defending “citizens and public officials who are punished because they’re whistleblowers.' 'I am an American,' he said. 'I will stand up for my rights. When my clients come to me and they want representation, they’ll get it. I don’t care what they do to me, they’re not going to stop justice in America.”
I don't know a thing about former Congressman Bailey.
I looked at his Wikipedia page, and I am getting the image of a pretty smart guy with some serious blue collar roots. Bailey is quoted at Wikipedia as saying he's an "equal opportunity suer," which is sort of like admitting that he's a loose cannon--always an invitation to getting sanctioned.
Do not shoot from the hip in US District Court and think you will escape sanctions. Rule 11 is a trap for wellmeaning but inexperienced or inept counsel. That's why it was laughable that Orly Taitz thought she could just file any silliness and get away with it. Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure require that a lawyer "cerifiy" by their signature that their pleadings and motions have a good basis.
Words mean something--even if you were a congressman.