Jill Clark, the "cracked crusader" whose numerous lawsuits on behalf of "bad actors" in North Minneapolis have single-handedly distorted neighborhood politics for half a decade, is now facing disciplinary proceedings by the Minnesota Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility.
In one dozen recent articles, this blog has reported the nitty gritty developments of this bizarre case. But it's hard to tell what the latest development means. Paul Stepnes, a kooky property developer who is one of Clark's clients, filed what appears to be a Motion To Intervene in Clark's disciplinary proceeding.
It might be helpful to review how Stepnes is caught up in these proceedings, besides the fact he's one of Clark's clients...
The allegations in the disciplinary proceedings outline how Jill Clark brought "Chester House LLC" into a lawsuit that involved Stepnes. Chester House was a Stepnes entity, but the use of the word "was" is important here.
At the time Clark made the filing on behalf of Chester House, LLC, and had a judge recused under the "every client gets one free recusal" rule, the entity known as Chester House LLC was administratively suspended for failure to pay its annual renewal fee. Legally, the entity did not exist and yet Clark used this "straw man" plaintiff to get a judge recused.
Now, in Clark's disciplinary proceeding, Paul Stepnes has filed a Motion to Intervene.
Notice it's not Chester House, LLC filing something. It's usually hard to file something if you don't legally exist. Usually. Allegedly not in this instance, however.
The Motion to Intervene was filed on 7/10 by means of hand delivery. I do not know anything further about what the motion contains, but it's not hard to figure out Stepnes would probably like to say something helpful on behalf of Jill Clark.
1.) Oh, it's all a big mistake and Clark got confused. Miscommunication. I blame myself.
2.) As a zealous advocate, Clark was doing what I, Stepnes, told her to do. She should not be punished for that.
3.) Oh, my god, my MENTAL NUTS AND BOLTS are spilling all over the floor! Somebody, please, help me retrieve my MENTAL NUTS AND BOLTS! Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo! In other words, some out of left field legal argument that is hard to even DECIPHER but keeps mentioning "the constitution."
Of course, as nutty as Stepnes is...as many nuts, bolts and screws this man has loose...it's likely whatever he says will probably become further evidence AGAINST Clark in the proceedings.
Johnny Northside blog says...
GO STEPNES!!! Tell everything! Spill your treasure chest of nutty information and don't hold anything back! Only you can save Jill Clark, so give it everything you've got!
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