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Plaintiffs Seek Sanctions Against Alleged Poker Cheat Mike Postle

Written by:
Nagesh Rath
Published on:
Apr/30/2020

Alleged poker cheat Mike Postle is now formally accused of using an attorney, likely William F. Portanova, to craft at least one of his initial defense briefs in the case.

Postle has claimed to be a pro se litigant, meaning he represents himself, while Portanova has claimed publicly to California media outlets to represent only Postle’s criminal-defense interests. However, in information first published by this writer, including here at PokerTube, Portanova’s fingerprints are all over Postle’s civil filings to date, belying Postle’s pro se claims.

Not only was Postle’s first defense filing actually submitted to the court by Portanova, the filing itself contains large swaths of text copied verbatim from another of Portanova’s cases, filed a few weeks earlier. Though the document itself displayed a high degree of legal professionalism, as VerStandig acknowledged, it still contained a couple of cut-and-paste errors that made it appear as though the other Portanova client, Owen Hughes, was actually Postle’s civil-defense attorney.

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