He told the judge, "I came here with good faith, with good people and honest people, and I get semantics now about how my claim is not a valid claim."
Another issue raised Wednesday is that in order to file a claim against the state, one must either be a West Virginia resident or be represented by an attorney licensed to practice in West Virginia.
Nowicki said Tsitsilianos had neither an attorney nor established state residency as of Wednesday's hearing, although Tsitsilianos said he is in the process of moving his residence from Worchester, Mass., to Charleston.
He also said he had contacted numerous attorneys in the area, none of whom would agree to take his case.
Cecil instructed Nowicki to file a memorandum of law regarding the residency issues, and advised Tsitsilianos, who represented himself Wednesday, to retain an attorney.
"You are an expert in many things, but the law is not one of them," Cecil said.
Cheryle Hall, clerk of the Court of Claims, said Tsitsilianos will have an opportunity to respond to the memorandum regarding residency. At that point, Cecil will take the matter under advisement, and may or may not call an additional hearing before issuing a decision, Hall said.
The Court of Claims is an agency of the state Legislature, and hears claims against the state for monetary damages. It also hears claims under the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. Awards must be approved by the Legislature.
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