The Supreme Court officially lost its temper Monday with a Maryland man who has carried his fight against a speeding ticket all the way to its marble temple - over and over again.
By a 6-3 vote, the justices voted to strip Michael Sindram of the privilege of filing certain appeals without having to pay the accompanying fees.Fee waivers routinely are granted by the nation's highest court to people whose financial status qualify them for so-called "pauper status." But in a four-page, unsigned opinion Monday, the court said Sindram, who has consistently been granted the waiver, no longer is eligible when filing "extraordinary writs."
Calling Sindram "no stranger to this court," the court said that in the last three years Sindram had filed 42 appeals, including two petitions for extraordinary writs.
Most of those appeals stemmed from the speeding ticket Sindram, a resident of Silver Spring, Md., received May 17, 1987, in Dorchester County, Md.