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article imagePennsylvania inmate sues to stop NFL playoffs

By Stephen Pope     Jan 12, 2014 in Sports
Pittsburgh - A Pennsylvania inmate is suing the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodall seeking an injunction over a bad call in the December 29 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers.
In the January 2, lawsuit filed in Pittsburgh federal court, inmate Daniel Spuck alleges the referees did not call a misalignment penalty against the Chargers, which would have given the Chief’s place kicker Ryan Succop a second try at a field goal, five yards closer.
Had Succop made the field goal, the Pittsburgh Steelers would have advanced to postseason play instead of the Chargers.
Spuck has suggested in his lawsuit which he says in the filing is a “case unlike no other,” the NFL can suspend the playoffs for a week to 10 days and allow Succop to try his kick again, or the league can allow the Steelers and Chargers to play at a neutral site.
Spuck is also seeking a “Temporary Emergency Injunction on the National Football League, Inc. playoffs of 2013.”
A review of online court records show that Spuck was sentenced in 1995 to 11 to 22 years for a murder conviction, and has filed no less than 10 appeals since then.
A judge wrote in a July 27, 2012 order dismissing the latest of Spouck’s many appeals, “The [Defendant] has engaged in a continuous pattern of filling a never ending series of frivolous ‘legal’ motions and petitions. Over the course of years this Court's dismissals of the [Defendant’s] many frivolous motions and petitions have ultimately been affirmed by our Appellate Courts. The Court hereby finds that the appeals and legal issues raised by the [Defendant] in his Petition for Bail likewise are frivolous and nonsensical; any Motions/Petitions the [Defendant] describes as pending in the lower Court have been dismissed. Without doubt the [Defendant] will file more appeals relative the recent dismissals. Currently the [Defendant]. has at least three different appeals pending in the Superior Court. Contrary to the [Defendant’s] assertions, there is no likelihood of his succeeding on any of his appeals.
In the lawsuit Spuck says not allowing challenges in the last two minutes of games is "fraudulent and negligent," and the new rule about players being down once their helmets are off is "improper and unconstitutional, due to problems with enacting clause amendments recognized in Pennsylvania and other states."
Spuck asked that the $275 filing fee be waived because he doesn’t have enough money to pay it, and also requested that the U.S. Marshall’s Office provide him with the “zip code to New York City, New York.”
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