Prison Inmate May Be Blocked From Appeals

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court is telling an inmate serving life in prison to quit filing "meritless" lawsuits.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the state high court ruled Monday that Michael Steve Cox may lose the ability to file appeals if he keeps filing lawsuits without paying required fees.

Cox argues that he can't pay.

Cox was is housed at Ely State Prison after being convicted in 1993 of strangling a woman in a North Las Vegas motel room.

The Sun says he's filed lawsuits about meatless meals, a special boot for a medical condition, the smell of paint fumes and other claims.

Judge Dan Papez in Ely ruled 2012 that Cox faced being labeled a "vexatious litigant" for filing dozens of lawsuits "to harass and delay the judicial system."

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