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During the housing crisis, North County attorney Michael T. Pines advised clients who had lost their homes to foreclosure to break in and retake the house, even though new owners had taken title.

Pines was disbarred in 2012. He is now in the San Diego County Jail and filing lawsuits in long hand.

Michael T. Pines

Michael T. Pines

On April 15, federal court in San Diego filed Pines's petition for a writ of habeas corpus (supposedly reporting an unlawful imprisonment) against the people of the State of California.

"I am requesting the appointment of counsel as I have no funds," Pines writes. The writ itself is located at Patton State Hospital, a mental facility in San Bernardino. The writ is under the care of a psychiatrist and psychologist who tended him there, Pines says. He complains that he has filed motions, including one to disqualify the San Diego district attorney, which the court refuses to set for a hearing.

On April 20, Pines filed a suit for violation of his civil rights against the psychiatrist and psychologist at Patton who are holding his writ for safekeeping. The two psychology professionals were supervising his case, he says.

Pines complains of "systematic denial of prisoner's constitutional rights...cruel and unusual punishment...denial of free speech" and other alleged abuses such as denial of due process. Pines claims he was "forced to enter into guilty pleas in state courts in San Diego...while incompetency proceedings were still pending."

Pines claims that "two dangerous criminals" have "plotted the murder of [Pines] and some of his associates." He also charges that a "sovereign citizen group" plotted "to cause [Pines's} death."

Charges Pines, "There was, and is, a criminal conspiracy by the state court judges, D.A.s, public defenders, and county doctors to use false medical reports to hold accused persons indefinitely in custody and intentionally deprive them of their constitutional rights."

(Note: Michael T. Pines is not to be confused with Michael Pines, a personal injury attorney.)

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Ponzi April 25, 2015 @ 7 p.m.

So he's pining to be released from the psychiatric hospital? Why is he there instead of jail?


Don Bauder April 25, 2015 @ 7:27 p.m.

Ponzi: On his filings, he states his address as county jail, and then repeats it several more times. It appears he was at Patton earlier and is now back in San Diego. He does want to be released. Charging that several people -- whom I don't name -- want to kill him might not help him get sprung. Best, Don Bauder


AlexClarke April 26, 2015 @ 6:13 a.m.

He appears to only be lacking an tin foil hat.


Don Bauder April 26, 2015 @ 7:28 a.m.

AlexClarke: Ask the psychiatrist and psychologist at Patton. Best, Don Bauder


AlexClarke April 26, 2015 @ 6:31 a.m.

I'll bet Michael Pines, the not-in-jail attorney has lost business because of "T".


Don Bauder April 26, 2015 @ 7:30 a.m.

AlexClarke: Historically, he has asked for media statements that he is not the same guy. I don't know that he has lost business. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh April 26, 2015 @ 5:30 p.m.

With the attention spans as short as they are, the other Pines has surely lost business as a result. Er, unless the name recognition has worked to his advantage. Ya' wondah.


dwbat April 26, 2015 @ 7:12 p.m.

Their law specialties were totally different, so I'd guess that potential clients can tell them apart. If someone also has the name Bruce Jenner, I don't think they'll be thought to be transgender. ;-)


Don Bauder April 26, 2015 @ 7:27 p.m.

dwbat: Maybe, but if your name were Al Capone, you might take precautions that somebody named John Smith would not take. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 26, 2015 @ 7:23 p.m.

Visduh: You may be right. You get your name in the media plenty of times and people begin to think you are famous. In any case, Michael Pines gets his name in the papers a lot just by begging that he should not be confused with Michael T. Pines. Best, Don Bauder


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