LINCOLN — It’s one thing to file hundreds of lawsuits on your own behalf.
But when Billy Roy Tyler, a former inmate who proclaimed himself as “greatest writ-writer in the world,” started writing writs for others, the Nebraska Supreme Court stepped in.
The state high court issued an order Friday enjoining the Omaha man from practicing law without a license.
The court said the 59-year-old Tyler could be held in contempt if he doesn’t comply.
He was specifically ordered not to give legal advice or counsel to other people, not to write legal documents for other people and not to appear in court on behalf of anyone but himself.
According to the court ruling, Tyler has been doing all those things in Douglas County since Oct. 15, 2009.
The court received complaints about his activities and started an investigation in June 2011.
The ruling said Tyler did not file answers disputing the complaints or responding to a petition seeking an injunction.
In response to a February 2012 order requiring him to show cause why the court shouldn’t issue an injunction, Tyler filed a document captioned “Traverse to 2-29-12 order” in which he stated, “No Evidence Counsel Hearing No due Process am suing!”
Tyler already has secured his claim to infamy by filing more than 660 lawsuits, including 88 cases in one year. Among those he has sued are his neighbors, the dogcatcher and the governor. He sued a legislative bill.
All but a handful of suits were dismissed as frivolous or failing to make a legitimate claim.
Tyler filed the suits as a pauper, meaning he didn’t pay filing fees.
In 1987, the U.S. District Court limited Tyler’s filings to one per month after he filed 113 cases with the court in 20 months. Courts in Douglas and Lancaster Counties also have put limits on the number of suits he can file.
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