Martin Lindstedt's residence is going to be the Newton County Jail for the foreseeable future, he faces felony statutory sodomy charges, he is serving 660 days in jail for contempt of court...but he is still making time to pursue his lawsuit against Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.
The lawsuit was tossed out last month by U. S. District Court Judge Richard E. Dorr, but Lindstedt filed a handwritten motion Friday asking that the suit be reinstated.
Referring to himself as "Pastor Martin "Mad Dog" Lindstedt, he complained about the "seven-cent golf pencil" he was having to use to file his motion and how Newton County officials will not provide him with law materials or copies or postage. Even worse, he says, he has no access to a computer. "Thus prisoner is at the mercy of this court regarding appealing its decisions, orders, and judgments."
In his motion, Lindstedt says the current statutory sodomy charge is "nothing more than third-hand hearsay," and that a therapist with the Missouri Division of Family Services had "managed to coax/coerce plaintiff's slightly retarded six-year old grandson after getting him alone after several months. On this fragile grounds, the probable cause affidavit claimed a lesser offense of first degree child molestation," but the statutory sodomy charge was filed, causing Lindstedt's bond to be set at $100,000
Lindstedt insists that he struck fear into the heart of Judge Greg Stremel and that Stremel panicked "when prisoner went before him to challenge the validity of the warrant."
He then talks about how his grandchildren were taken away from his stepdaughter and her two husbands (hey I'm just writing what he has on the motion) by claiming Lindstedt was an "alleged perpetrator."
Lindstedt says he convinced his "long-time domestic partner," Roxie Fausnaught to appeal the action to the Missouri Southern District Court of Appeals, which last week ruled against her. Lindstedt also casts aspersions against Stremel in his brief, which I will not go into in this post.
Lindstedt says he petitioned for a change of judge and asked for "anyone but Judge (Kevin) Selby." Stremel, seeing no reason to reward Lindstedt for his behavior in his court, naturally assigned Judge Selby to the case.
Judge Dorr will undoubtedly be happy to have to read page after page of the wrongs that have allegedly been committed against Lindstedt, how he gets his money ("perhaps prisoner can get a collection of Aryan Nations, Nazis, renegade Democrats to help pay for an appeal against this court and Runt Blunt," he writes), and other ramblings.
Finally, toward the end of the 10th and final page of his motion, Lindstedt gets around to the grounds for his appeal. "The genuine material facts are that defendant Blunt abuses his office as secretary of state/chief election official in 2002 to benefit Jim Talent and himself in 2004 by refusing to place Plaintiff's webpage under pretext of racism."
Lindstedt says he wants a trial and if Blunt is found guilty (highly unlikely since this is a civil case), have him removed from office. He is asking to be allowed to proceed as a pauper, meaning taxpayers would foot the bill for the appeal.
Lindstedt, as regular readers of The Turner Report are aware, has been a perennial losing candidate for public office, running for everything from U. S. Senator to East Newton R-6 Board of Education.
He notes on his petition that he "might be sent off any day now to the nuthouse for 'psychiatric evaluation' ordered by a county judge (Selby), an old enemy on June 30, 2005."