Copyright troll dodging disbarment by resigning from the bar?

John Steele is the colorful copyright troll whose work in shaking down people by threatening to link their names to gay porn with spurious lawsuits has been augmented by a series of bizarre legal maneuvers, including allegedly stealing his caretaker's identity in order to create a disposable buffer between Steele and his operation.

But he's got a new wheeze that takes the cake:

He's voluntarily given up his Illinois bar card, seemingly in order to avoid disbarment — at least, that's Fight Copyright Troll's theory. It's a kind of auto-disbarment that seeks to avoid the special consequences that befall officers of the court who play games with the law.

How to avoid disbarment? Disbar yourself!