December 21, 2000 06:07am
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Penthouse
(AUSTIN, TX) - A Texas prisoner sued Penthouse Magazine for publishing what he said was a disappointing layout of Paula Jones, but a judge dismissed the lawsuit with a Christmas poem, a court clerk said on Wednesday.
The lawsuit charged that the December pictorial of Jones, whose own sexual harassment suit against President Clinton (news - web sites) led to his impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives, was not sufficiently revealing and caused plaintiff David Joyner to be ``very mentally hurt and angered.'' It sought $500,000 in damages.
Joyner, who is serving 14 years for robbery and assault, wrote the lawsuit, in which he identified himself as the Minister of Law of the Mandingo Warriors prison gang.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed it with a 12-line poem and a $250 fine against Joyner for filing a frivolous legal motion.
The poem read in part: ``Twas the night before Christmas and all through the prison, inmates were planning their new porno mission.
``...The minute his Penthouse issue arrived, the Minister ripped it open to see what was inside. But what to his wondering eyes should appear -- not Paula Jones' promised privates, but only her rear.
``Life has its disappointments. Some come out of the blue but that doesn't mean a prisoner should sue,'' Sparks concluded.