Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski ruled on 21 motions in one case Tuesday morning in Baltimore County Circuit Court, according to court records.
denied all 11 of the plaintiff's motions, which ranged from requesting a court-appointed forensic scientist to review allegedly forged paperwork to seeking a protective order to prevent the defense from obtaining personal information about Alatortsev and his wife through discovery.
"Once you file a lawsuit, you become an open book," said Jakubowski, who, as chairwoman of the Maryland State Bar Association's Judicial Administration Council, is developing guidelines for attorneys facing self-represented litigants.
also denied Alatortsev's motions to sanction the defense lawyers for their actions, explaining that the lawyers are simply doing their jobs.
ordered Alatortsev to allow the defense experts to examine his
car, and ordered him and his
wife to sit for depositions within the next 45 days.
"At some point in time, with the pleadings in this case, you're going to subject yourself to attorneys' fees or the case's dismissal," Jakubowski said. (One of the defense laywers indicated in court that he
would seek attorneys' fees from Alatortsev.)