by Jim Nintzel
Luke Knipe, an activist with the Pima County Democratic Party, filed a lawsuit today to knock Democratic mayoral candidate Marshall Home off the ballot.
Knipe, who is represented by attorney William Walker, alleges that Home is ineligible to run for mayor because he has not lived in the city limits for three years prior to launching his campaign. Home was registered to vote outside the city last year and cast a ballot from that address.
The lawsuit also cites the fact that Home was convicted of a felony in 2002 for assaulting a federal marshal and, as a result, “has lost his right to be a qualified elector and right to run for public office for the Mayor of the City of Tucson.”
Home tells The Range that the federal marshals actually assaulted him during a court hearing.
“I was jumped on by three federal marshals after court was dismissed,” Home says.
It was a defense that evidently had little sway with the court, as Home ended up being convicted of the crime and served 10 months in federal prison.
Home says the entire thing was such a miscarriage of justice that he has filed a claim of $6.8 million against the federal court—one of many claims that has led to him being designated a "“Vexatious Litigant” in federal bankruptcy court.
“I haven’t moved to collect it yet,” Home says. “I don’t want the money. I’ve got billions of dollars. What the hell do I need more money for?”
Home, who has declined to discuss the source of his multi-billion-dollar fortune because “it’s private,” tells The Range the experience in federal court made him a “defender of people’s rights.”
“I know what a crooked mess these Superior Courts are,” says Home, who has filed a lawsuit to disqualify Democratic mayoral candidate Jonathan Rothschild because Rothschild is a lawyer. “All lawyers are thieves and they do is pathetic. We don’t have a judge—not one judge—in all of courts today. Since the federal bankruptcy in 1933. In 1937, Roosevelt called in everybody and they passed some kind of ruling. There is not one judge one the bench. They are all administrative officers. Yes, I have a hard-on against lawyers. No doubt about it.”