Claudia Hoerig still sends filings to fed court

WARREN — Even after a local judge ordered Claudia Hoerig to stop filing motions on her own behalf, forbidding the Trumbull County Clerk of Courts from entering any of her “rambling” handwritten documents, she continues to file them at the federal level.

There is a gag order on the case, preventing her attorneys and prosecutors from speaking about it. Hoerig, on trial for the March 2007 murder of her husband in Newton Falls, has been sending handwritten documents to the Trumbull County Clerk of Courts to file in her Trumbull County Common Pleas Court case, and to the U.S. District Court in Youngstown.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew D. Logan on Dec. 13 barred the county clerk of courts from filing any of her motions unless they are signed by one of her attorneys.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins requested the order from Logan, stating her filings are “rambling, twaddling documents of drivel.”

“The defendant has filed a series of documents that have nothing to do with the legal procedures of this case, but rather are a personal attack on everyone whom she believes has interfered with her narcissistic behavior. Some of her claims are blatant falsehoods contradicted by the record and rulings of this court,” he wrote.

Watkins argued because Hoerig has an attorney, she should not be allowed to submit handwritten filings with the court.

“The defendant has buzzed around social media accounts and filed documents in this case like an annoying bee at a summer picnic, randomly spewing out venom at most everyone with no legitimate purpose, other than to undermine the dignity of these proceedings,” he wrote. “This court needs to swat her and end her antics by striking her pro se filings and ordering the Trumbull County Clerk of Courts to refuse to file any document in this case unless it is signed by defendant’s counsel.”

Logan granted the request, striking from the record two letters she sent earlier in December.

On Wednesday, the federal court in Youngstown filed three letters Hoerig sent.

There is an open case in the court, where Hoerig filed a writ of habeas corpus, seeking “protection” from jail officials, which was denied. Hoerig continues sending filings related to her case in Trumbull County though, including requests to lift the gag order on the case.

In her Dec. 26 filings, Hoerig comments in the margins of Watkins’ motion and Logan’s ruling, circling bits of text and underlining others.

“I want to appeal that the judge does not want to hear my motions. The address to appeal to the 11th District Court of Appeals is the same as Judge Logan’s,” she states in blocky black ink, with a drawing of a star next to it at the bottom of Logan’s ruling. “The Trumbull County Clerk of Courts is returning all my filings to that address. What am I to do? My counsels are not helping me either. Help someone!”

The letter indicates she has been attempting to get around Logan’s ruling by sending in other motions to the county clerk of courts, which is returning the mail to her.

The letters accuse several officials involved in the case of being part of a massive conspiracy against her.

Hoerig’s jury trial is scheduled Jan. 14.

Karl Hoerig was a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and an airline pilot. After he was killed, Claudia Hoerig flew to Brazil, her native country, eluding extradition for 11 years, until she was brought to Trumbull County earlier this year to face a charge of aggravated murder with a firearm specification.

rfox@tribtoday.com

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