Posted: Oct 14, 2013 10:00 PM by Tom McNamara and Paul Birmingham
Updated: Oct 15, 2013 6:42 AM
If you've ever tried to sue someone, you know it can be a complex, stressful, and often time-consuming experience.
But, as the News 4 Tucson Investigators discovered, one Arizona prison inmate, with nothing but time on his hands, has the process down to a science. And, he doesn't seem to be slowing down.
That inmate, Dale Maisano, is locked up on a 15-year sentence for aggravated assault out of Pinal County.
Right now, he's being held at the Arizona State Prison Complex on Wilmot Road in Tucson.
Over the past several years, Maisano has filed more than 700 lawsuits. In the past month alone, he has filed dozens of lawsuits.
"It doesn't hardly take any time," Maisano says.
Among those he's sued: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and many others.
In those suits, he's asking for not millions or billions, but trillions of dollars in damages.
"They're creating their own - I don't want to say monster. They're creating their own...demise. It's going to be what it's going to be. I didn't think anybody would let this many be filed," Maisano says.
Maisano is demanding a trillion dolllars from the State of Arizona and others for stomach problems that he claims were caused by eating prison food.
Most of those lawsuits are quickly closed by the court literally days after they're filed.
"It's the norm of the judge. I know that it's going to happen with the court," Maisano says.
A judge says Maisano has "...egregiously abused the legal process." In 1992, a judge issued a restraining order, which prevented Maisano from filing any civil action in any Federal court without first getting the court's permission.
For his part, Maisano says he's has Valley Fever, and should not even be held in our state.
"In Arizona, I don't think we'll ever see justice. I don't think the system is fair," Maisano says.
Despite the fact the cases are immediately closed by the court, Maisano says he has no plans to stop filing lawsuits anytime soon.
"l'll file them as long as I have to," he says.
The News 4 Tucson Investigators wanted to know how much it's costing to defend taxpayers against lawsuits filed by prisoners, including Dale Maisano. A spokesperson for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says they don't keep formal stats.
If you have something you'd like us to investigate, email the News 4 Tucson Investigators at investigators@ kvoa.com
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