Mark Stopa Falsely Accused A Judge Of Assaulting Him In 2013
We all know Mark Stopa is mentally disturbed and has a tendency to go on redneck rampages. His antics in out of the courtroom have been documented for over a decade.
Anyone who has ever dealt with this sociopath has experienced Stopa’s unhinged and narcissistic behavior. This is what happened to Judge Victor Musleh of the 5th Judicial Circuit in Lake County, Florida back in 2013.
The story begins when Judge Musleh of the 5th Judicial Circuit in Lake County, Florida ruled against Stopa in a February 28, 2013 order in Wells Fargo v. Granger.
From the first page, Judge Musleh lets the reader know that there are “many” problems in this case. He does single out a straight-forward technical issues in Stopa’s arguments as the most troubling that Stopa and his client lied to the court:
As a preliminary matter, this Court finds that Defendants’ Motion is in many respects misleading, insulting, and contains too many falsehoods to list. However, one aspect that is especially troubling to the Court is that Defense Counsel has signed his name as a member of The Florida Bar to a Motion that he purports to be verified by Defendant Jeffrey Granger. Defendant Granger has averred under penalty of perjury that the facts in the Motion are true and correct, and yet Defendant Granger Was not present for the events in question, either in person or via telephone, and thus has no personal knowledge of What took place. It is therefore impossible for Defendant Granger to swear to the veracity of the Motion and has subjected himself, through counsel’s misguided need to verify his Motion, to a charge of perjury at most and sanctions detrimental to his ease for misleading this Court, at the very least.
Signing a document that purports to be verified when it’s not is a transgression, but nothing too exciting. I almost stopped reading here. But that would have been a mistake.
Defense counsel Stopa apparently believes that this Court is able to conjure a written Order of denial on rulings out of thin air as he asked for a written Order on his denied Motions in order to pursue appellate relief and now complains that the Court did not accommodate him.
Judge Musleh Isn’t Tolerating Stopa’s Boorish Behavior
Feel the snark dripping off the page. But still this is pretty standard slap-fighting so far. But then the order points out that Stopa got belligerent in a hearing. And here’s the follow-up:
Mr. Stopa then launched into an argument regarding the courtroom facilities and the fact that he was denied entrance to the court proceedings prior to being called for the instant case. Prior to calling the case, the undersigned judge and court personnel could hear loud banging on the door outside the conference room where the proceedings were being held and a loud voice demanding entry.
In other words, Stopa had one of his trademark courthouse freak outs. He began banging on doors and petulantly complaining that the facilities were not up to his standards.
Mark Stopa Falsely Accused Judge Musleh Of Assaulting Him
Judge Musleh claims Stopa falsely accused him of assaulting him all because Judge Musleh pointed his finger at him:
Now, most people would have led with that part of the story. However, Judge Musleh is a goddamned master storyteller. Anyone who has ever had any dealings with Stopa knows this this the type of bullshit he pulls:
These are serious allegations whose purpose is unknown other than to discredit the reputation of a member of the judiciary, whose rulings he did not appreciate. Unlike his allegations, Mr. Stopa did not remain in his chair and speak in a normal tone of voice. He rose from his seat and addressed the court in a loud, arrogant, and extremely uncivil tone. He had to be warned by the court bailiff to calm down. As court had been in session for approximately four hours with only a minute break, the undersigned did rise, walk around the conference table in Mr. Stopa’s direction in order to stretch his legs, and intended to leave the room. But due to Mr. Stopa’s continuing diatribe, the undersigned circled the table and returned to his seat. While the undersigned may have pointed a finger in Mr. Stopa’s direction from several feet away while attempting to answer Mr. Stopa’s outbursts, in no way did the Court physically assault Mr. Stopa or prevent him from leaving the room. The allegations of physical assault and intimidation are preposterous and untrue.
The real kicker to this whole order is that Judge Musleh had already recused himself from the case. However, Stopa refused to wait to receive notice of the Judge’s recusal. He filed a motion to disqualify Musleh in the interim. As a result, this prompted Judge Musleh to fire off this order that concludes by dismissing Stopa’s motion as moot.
And that’s really the most satisfying moment. When you realize the Judge went to all this trouble because Stopa needed to put in his place.
You can read Judge Musleh’s Order Responding To Renewed Verified Motion To Disqualify or look up Wells Fargo v. Granger, 5th Judicial Circuit, Florida