ALFRED v. STATE

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Jerry Neil ALFRED, Petitioner, v. The STATE of Florida, Respondent.

No. 3D15–482.

Decided: May 13, 2015

Before SHEPHERD, C.J., and EMAS and SCALES, JJ. Jerry Neil Alfred, in proper person. Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, for respondent.

Petitioner, Jerry Alfred, has filed over twenty appeals and petitions with this court since 2001. Alfred's most recent petitions serve as exemplars of his filing history with this court. The petition in case number 3D15–482 is a successive petition for redress of manifest injustice that restates verbatim more than half of a petition previously denied in case number 3D14–2191, and the petition in case number 3D15–483 is an unauthorized petition to hold the trial court accountable for a public records request filed around twelve years ago in 2003.

On March 06, 2015, this court issued an order to show cause why Alfred should not be prohibited from filing any further pro se appeals, pleadings, motions, or petitions relating to his convictions, judgments, and sentences in case number 98–35550. Alfred responded by admitting that his prior filings were frivolous, but contended his most recent filings were different, despite successively petitioning on issues already addressed by this court.

“[A]ny citizen, including a citizen attacking his or her conviction, abuses the right to pro se access by filing repetitious and frivolous pleadings, thereby diminishing the ability of the courts to devote their finite resources to the consideration of legitimate claims.” State v. Spencer, 751 So.2d 47, 48 (Fla.1999). After an order to show cause and the opportunity to answer, a court may sanction a party for repetitious and frivolous pleadings by preventing further filings from that party. Id.

Upon consideration of the over twenty filings from Alfred before this court, along with his response to the order to show cause, we find that Alfred has failed to demonstrate good cause for his actions. Based on Alfred's repeated attempts to abuse the justice system with frivolous appeals, it is hereby ordered that the Clerk of the Third District Court of Appeal will refuse to accept any further filings relating to case number 98–35550, unless they have been reviewed and signed by an attorney who is a licensed member of the Florida Bar in good standing. Any such further and unauthorized pro se filings by Alfred will subject him to sanctions, including the issuance of written findings forwarded to the Florida Department of Corrections for consideration by it of disciplinary action. See 944.279(1), Fla. Stat. (2013).

SHEPHERD, C.J.