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The Florida Supreme Court is going to make Anthony R. Martin pay for his litigious ways � literally. Martin, a Palm Beach County man whose many lawsuits have won him a reputation as one of Florida’s most active non-lawyer litigants, will not be able to appeal cases as an indigent any longer. The latest decision, in a tartly worded opinion last month that recaps Martin’s 20-year legal history, could cost Martin thousands of dollars. The Florida high court has become one of several courts throughout the U.S. to sanction the judicial gadfly. But Martin is not a lawyer. He passed the Illinois Bar exam in 1970, but his application to the Committee on Character and Fitness for membership was rejected, citing a psychiatric evaluation. Still, Martin has been to court more often than many practicing attorneys. In one 1993 estimate by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Martin had filed at least 250 civil suits throughout the United States, “with the actual number far exceeding that conservative count.” The Florida Supreme Court, for its part, said that “a person should not be permitted to litigate the same claims over and over again, merely because he continues to believe he has always been right.”

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