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That Awesome Time I Was Sued for Two Billion Dollars 4: Who Is the Eccentric Plaintiff?

Jason Scott now provides some background details on the guy who attempted suing him for distributing his book online, and moves on with the legal story.

Who’s sending those letters?

Who’s sending those letters?

So, who the hell is this moonbat? Because at this point, you’re like: “Dude, that’s nuts!” And really, honestly that’s kind of my take on it, too. His name is Paul Andrew Mitchell, his alias is Mitch Mulesky. It might be that his real name is Mitch Mulesky and he claims otherwise. We know that he attended a seminary and then dropped out. We know that he has a business degree, an actual business degree. We think he has mental illness; can’t be sure though. And at some point he started really falling in with the Finnish crowd; joined up with the freemen for a while, tried to be a representation with them when they failed to pay him for something, but he thought he was owed, he claimed that they were government clones trying to defraud him, so he started to go after them, which is a really dumb thing to do to men in cabins with guns but, fine, whatever. I guess that’s why you have a forwarding agent.

And he had invented this kind of interesting way of looking at the world in terms of a legal thing. You know, I understand that a lot of it, if you actually went down in these twisted logic tunnels that he’d dug, actually kind of made a sixth sort of sense. A few times he kind of makes leaps that are a little bit too far for the current, contemporary legal system. But it was still an interesting thing to read up on.

A few times he kind of makes leaps that are a little bit too far for the contemporary legal system.

So, he wrote this book and put this book out, called “The Federal Zone”, of which I’ve already spoiled for you. He put it out with clear language that it was: “Give me $25 if you think there’s any use in it.” Since it is objectively useless, he didn’t get much money. He then announced he was withdrawing it from the Internet, and he did this by posting on some mailing lists. Again, this is 1997, there’s a slightly different feel about the Internet. But still, even at that time, it’s pretty contemporarily nuts, and he posted this warning and said: “Attention! This is no longer a freely available work, and now you may not have it.” And then he proceeded to send angry letters to more and more people, including America Online who he said was hosting it on various servers, which they may have been because they host a lot of stuff. And so, he basically said: “AOL owes me money, and these 150 defendants (of which 120 were John Does) owe me money.” Yeah, so now you know a little bit more about Paul.

The subpoena

The subpoena

So, one day a subpoena shows up. Now, again, I understand this subpoena may in fact be a cupcake. I mean, it’s not really, technically, supposed to be that, right? “Legal Mail”, and right under it “Served” to it (see left-hand image). In case anyone’s wondering, Cowz Technology is the business that owns Cow.net, which was the site that nominally had a mirror of Textfiles.com, and that’s why he keeps saying “Cowz” – that’s what’s going on there. So, this was actually to me and to my real address.

Some good embossed read

Some good embossed read

And it was fucking thick! So I knew I was in for a good read (see right-hand image). Here’s an interesting thing that he started to do after a short period of time: he started to emboss them. Again, I think what’s really important to understand is that a person you might not know better would see something embossed and go: “Okay, that must be some real shit.” His law firm, whose sole lawyer on staff doesn’t have a law degree, is called Supreme Law Firm. I believe it’s Supremelaw.org, where you can, by the way, download a complete free copy of his book, just in case you’re wondering.

Got actually sued

Got actually sued

But this one was from the District Court of the United States; it was from the Eastern Judicial District of California (see left-hand image). It had a real case number and it had a real judge who really did sign it. So, occasionally, the Internet will sue your ass. Who knew?

Proof of Service

Proof of Service

This is also something I just wanted to point out: he would always refer to himself as a “private attorney general” (see right-hand image). Just to explain where that comes from, there was a very specific, very unusual situation, where there was one description in an unusual case where someone could be called somebody acting in lieu of an attorney general, in a district that does not have an attorney general, and acting in a private fashion. But it’s mostly a case of this person interacting in the name of the government and so on. It’s a very specific thing. To call yourself the private attorney general means that you read that particular legal case from a moving car.

But private attorney general sounds pretty goddamn scary. It’s like the batman; he doesn’t have any actual laws he has to follow. He’ll prosecute your ass when and where he wants to. And this is very interesting, too: one of the reasons he chose the Eastern District of California at this time was that you could actually sort of mail summons. You could send it, register to whatever tracking number, and you didn’t actually have to send a person, which is much cheaper. He would always go for the cheap. A lot of his stuff was Internet café, a lot of stuff was like that.

No one! Absolutely no one!

No one! Absolutely no one!

So, anyway, lots of crazy shit in here; that’s all the people verified in the stuff. I just like to point this one out (see right-hand image) because this is actually in the middle of the lawsuit: “No one ever requested Plaintiff’s permission to modify the subject book, and then to make modified derivatives available for free on the World Wide Web of the Internet. No one! No one ever obtained Plaintiff’s permission to modify the subject book, and then to make modified derivatives available for free on the World Wide Web of the Internet. No one. Absolutely no one!” So, if you’re glad you’re not in the room with him – yeah…
 

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