Tired of having convicts from your cases spend all their time in jail thinking up ways to file habeas motions and bar complaints? Encourage them to run for federal office.
Apparently, State restrictions against felons holding elected office are superseded because the federal constitution actually sets the conditions for holding the offices and it does not ban felons.
Leonard Richards, serving terms for killing his half-sister and his attorney, has run for a House seat twice. He tried to run for the Senate this time but prison officials appear to have interfered with his attempt. Now he's suing everybody who could have been involved. However, he has made an opening offer in settlement negotiations: "Defendants can reduce the extent of Plaintiff's loss and injury by issuing to Plaintiff a certificate of election allowing him to begin his six-year term in the Senate in January, 2007."