I’ve blogged before about the absurdity of filing with the Supreme Court: the special 6.125″ x 9.25″ bound booklet that must be specially printed, the requirement to send 40 copies of everything, and most especially, the intake process which involves placing all of your documents inside of a garbage bag (no, not metaphorically… literally). Today, I got news that my petition for certiorari filed last month has been rejected by the clerk for having an insufficiently thick cover page, printing a table of contents on the back of the cover, and including a certificate of compliance within the booklet instead of as a separate page. This despite printing the document the exact same way as I did for my last petition, which was accepted without issue in 2012.
It is precisely this kind of nonsense, at the expense of delaying justice, that causes Americans to not only be afraid to participate in the judicial process, but to disrespect it. The documents they received were entirely usable, but now all 40 copies must be re-printed and my case pushed back by several weeks. It’s about time that the Supreme Court discontinue the mentality that it is a privilege to appear before them and accept filings on normal paper like every other court in the country.