He would come to court and sit quietly in the front row, an angry man with a disfigured face, a tormented mind -- and an all-consuming grudge against the doctors he claimed had botched his cancer treatment and ruined his life.
Bart A. Ross, the 57-year-old Polish emigre who killed himself in a Milwaukee suburb Thursday, left a suicide note in his van saying that he had killed the husband and mother of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, Chicago police said.
Lefkow was one of several judges who had ruled against him in a long-running series of medical malpractice suits. Lefkow's decision was upheld in January by a federal appeals court.
This is frightening. Most courts in large urban areas have their own casts of "vexatious litigants": people who repeatedly litigate in pro per and are convinced that the whole world -- including the legal system -- conspires against them. Is this a recognized psychological disorder or mental illness? It should be. There are a lot of these people.