Murderer continues filing lawsuits from prison

A litigious murderer is once again suing Island County and various officials.

From his prison cell, Joshua Lambert filed a complaint in U.S. District Court Nov. 9, accusing a long list of people with a long list of civil rights violations. He is acting as his own attorney, as he did unsuccessfully in various other lawsuits and in his original criminal trial.

The month before, Lambert filed a lawsuit against Western State Hospital and various staff members for allegedly failing to provide him with complete copies of his medical records.

Lambert was originally convicted of stabbing to death his two 80-year-old grandfathers at different residences on North Whidbey and kidnapping his great aunt in 2011, but the conviction for the murder of August Eisner was overturned by the state Court of Appeals.

He is currently serving an 80-year term for the murder of George Lambert and kidnapping his great aunt.

Lambert previously filed a federal lawsuit against the county and the former jail chief, claiming his constitutional rights were violated and that he was denied medial care for voices in his head.

The lawsuit was thrown out.

Federal court records show that Lambert has filed lawsuits in federal court six different times since 2015. He’s also filed four lawsuits in state court against the Department of Corrections and state employees.

In the most recent federal lawsuit, Lambert lists 24 different “counts” that outline grievances he has against the way he was treated by county employees and his own defense attorney. He claimed, for example, that his attorney erroneously claimed Lambert had threatened him and had Lambert’s phone privileges restricted.

Many of Lambert’s complaints involve alleged violations of the state Public Records Act. The lawsuits indicate that Lambert has been making voluminous public records requests from the county and the state.

At one point in his criminal case, Lambert filed so many motions that it clogged the state’s online court system and the county prosecutor had to contact the vendor to view the motions.

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