Aaron Worthing Arrested After Kimberlin Peace Order Hearing

RS McCain reported the news first:

Aaron Walker, whose complaint against convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin became a conservative cause célèbre this past week, was reportedly taken into custody today after a court hearing in Rockville, Maryland.

One person who attended the hearing in Montgomery County District Court said that Kimberlin asserted that Walker’s continued blogging represented a violation of a “peace order” Kimberlin had obtained against the Virginia attorney, who says Kimberlin tried to “frame” him for assault earlier this year.

During the course of the hearing — which reportedly lasted about an hour — Judge C.J. Vaughey appeared to become increasingly hostile toward Walker, who was taken into custody when the hearing concluded.

According to reports, the 73 year old judge was woefully ignorant of the internet and twitter. Worthing, who had trouble containing his frustration throughout the trial, was apparently arrested at the end of it for contempt.

A full accounting of how it all went down by an eye witness, here.

The Judge, and I haven’t confirmed this, but I believe he was former Montgomery County Chief Justice James Vaughan–a guy who retired in ’04, and still takes the odd shift when stuff gets busy or there are vacations. In an earlier matter, Judge Vaughan mentioned he lived in the Caribbean, so pretty sure that’s the guy.–update, man’s named was Vaughey, not Vaughan. Is still retired, taking the odd shift.

It went bad for Walker pretty quickly. If you’ve followed the matter, and I know not a lot of people have, Walker, who is an attorney, acted in an advisory capacity for another blogger who had dealings with Kimberlin. Kimberlin later accused Walker of assault; those charges were null-processed; Walker wrote about things like you’ll read on Kimberlin’s wikipedia page, as well as his own dealings with Kimberlin.

Judge Vaughey had read up on the matter, knew Kimberlin’s history of felony convictions, but clearly was technically ignorant of even basic facts about what Twitter is, in one instance point saying “He Googled you 500,000 times” through the Tubes or whatever. The Judge had identified himself, earlier, as being “of the Royal Typewriter Generation,” and at another point, when confronted with the voluminous material from both sides, asked “don’t people have jobs, who reads this stuff?”

That said, Judge Vaughey did know a lot about the kind of respect a Judge is owed. He also, again, knew all about Kimberlin, saying “even a prostitute is entitled to protection.”

And Walker pissed him off. So did Kimberlin, but Walker identified himself as a Yale-trained lawyer, albeit one who was representing himself. Kimberlin made any number of allegations–essentially, everything that was said about his side–issuing death threats, harming business interests, summoning SWAT teams to the home–was said by Kimberlin to have been done by Walker’s side.

The pair went back and forth, back and forth, with Walker getting increasingly flustered, and the Judge finally asking, “what did they tell you in Yale Law School about interrupting a judge?” And later advising Walker to sit down, grip a pencil, and whenever he was tempted to speak over the Judge (or Kimberlin, but mostly over the Judge), to instead grip the pencil.

At one point, when Walker again interrupted Kimberlin, an attorney who was “advising” Walker–i.e.,. sitting in the coutroom, but not actually at Walker’s table, signaled to the plaintiff that he ought to “zip it.” This process amused Kimberlin, obviously.

For the Judge’s faults, he really did try to let Walker make his case. When Walker was able to question Kimberlin–not about everything, but merely the facts that had occurred in the last 30 days (which is all that’s relevant in a Peace Order Hearing), it became clear that Kimberlin would unravel under any kind of competent examination. The guy’s story changed 3 times in 5 minutes. First it was that Walker had issued 14k tweets against him–which the Judge assumed were to Kimberlin’s account, and by Walker. Then it was 54 pages of 10 tweets each actually by Walker. Then it was 15k tweets about Muslims or something.

Shockingly, Judge Cornelius J. Vaughey upheld the Peace Order, and he further stated that Walker was in no way allowed to harm Kimberlin–and by harm he meant sending blog posts or tweets. Reportedly, the the latter was justified on Walker’s supposed “mob” having issued “death threats” to Kimberlin.

But how does the judge know that the alleged death threats were even legitimate and not astroturfed by Kimberlin’s  crowd? That’s how these people operate. Did Kimberlin produce evidence that Worthing was coordinating death threats and harassment? Note to the judge – a blogburst is not a death threat or harassment. All Aaron Worthing and others have been doing is exercising their right to free speech. How can a judge in Maryland take away that right?

More on this to come soon, I’m sure. Stay tuned.

McCain says in an update:

Just spoke to a source who confirms that witnesses saw Walker led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. Ali Akbar, president of the National Bloggers Club, Tweets:

Will know more on Aaron’s situation at 3:30/4:30pm.

Via Bob Owens:

Judge Vaughey’s order makes the finding:

A.1. That there is clear and convincing evidence that within 30 days before the filing of the Petition, the Respondent committed the following act(s):
Placed Person Eligible for releif in fear of imminent serious bodily harm:  COUNTLESS NUMBER OF BLOGS EITHER THREATENING DEATH

2. That there is clear and convincing evidence that Respondent is likely to commit a prohibited act in the future against the Petitioner.

I’m quite convinced that the senior citizen judge is hopelessly confused about what blogs are, as Walker has never posted anything to his blog that I’ve found that could be remotely construed as a death threat.

At the very most, blog commenters– and perhaps on a different blogs apart from Walker’s  if the judge’s incomplete sentence fragment makes any sense at all–may have made comments, but the law is clear: you cannot be held responsible for comments made by others.

To a layman this is an absurd ruling, and I hope that Walker appeals this peace order and gets a judge under the age of 70 who knows what the Hell the relevant case law is.

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Blogger and Brett Kimberlin target Aaron Walker arrested in Maryland; Updated

This is absolutely outrageous. In a positively Kafka-esque turn of events, a Maryland judge has ordered that Walker be taken into police custody while serial harasser, terrorist, and killer Kimberlin remains free.

Lee Stranahan put it best:

If someone is allowed to use a peace order / restraining order against a writer to stop them from writing, we’re ALL in huge peril.

UPDATE:

Hans Bader, Open Market.Org: Injunction Imposed Over Blog Posts That Criticized Convicted Terrorist-Turned-Left-Wing Activist:

The order literally says that there are “countless number of blogs either threatening death.” I have read a great many blog posts criticizing Kimberlin’s misuse of the courts against Worthing, and can attest that none made threats, or  encouraged any threats. Any judge could confirm the absence of threatening blog posts by using Google, so I am charitably assuming that the judge is not a liar, but rather meant to say that the blog posts incited threats by third parties, such as blog comments or emails in response to blog posts. The judge, an elderly man, has a very meager understanding of the Internet, and likely does not understand what a blog is, as opposed to blog comments or blog-generated responses, as this account of the proceedings illustrates.

But even if the blog posts actually did somehow incite death threats, criticism does not lose its First Amendment protection merely because third parties react to it by making threats. (Judge Cornelius Vaughey also ordered Worthing’s arrest, for reasons that are not yet clear. Twitchy reports, “This is absolutely outrageous. In a positively Kafka-esque turn of events, a Maryland judge has ordered that Walker be taken into police custody while serial harasser, terrorist, and killer Kimberlin remains free.”)

Keep reading.

UPDATE II:

Via The Other McCain:  6:25 p.m. ET:

Sources say that blogger Aaron Walker has been released from custody in Rockville, Maryland. He was charged with “incitement,” but released on his own recognizance. Readers are encouraged to donate to the National Bloggers Club to help support Aaron’s defense against Brett Kimberlin.

UPDATE III:

Patterico weighs in: Aaron Walker Arrested for Blogging? Clearing Some of the Fog Surrounding Today’s Litigation

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RS McCain Surfaces In LA

I hope he doesn’t mind me spilling the beans, LA is a huge city after all – finding him would be like finding a needle in a haystack.

Anyway, I saw this Daily Mail story linked on Drudge: Justin Bieber wanted for questioning after allegedly ‘roughing up’ a photographer during a date with Selena Gomez

Teen idol Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators –  after a paparazzo complained of being roughed up by the young pop star at a shopping center.

The scuffle allegedly happened when the photographer tried to snap pictures of the 18-year-old and his girlfriend Selena Gomez, after they walked out of a theater at The Commons at Calabasas today.

Sheriff Lt. Robert Wiard says the photographer in question called 911 on Sunday and complained of pain to his chest.

Stacy’s resting comfortably in his hotel room after the traumatic episode.

The Conservatory has covered a few more Stacy sightings. He’s really getting around.

If you feel inclined, please hit the poor slob’s freakin’ tip jar – he’s just getting started as a paparazzo and  has a family to feed.

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Memorial Day Tributes and Observances (Video)

Here are the best of the Memorial Day videos I’ve been collecting over the past week. These are moving  tributes to those who sacrificed all.

Let’s remember their sacrifice and courage, today and everyday.

The first video is actually neither a tribute or an observance – it’s a Memorial Day Challenge.
Ryan’s Story:

#DoMore this Memorial Day. Help get 50,000 views to show WWII vets we care. Share now: http://on.fb.me/JnEaAf …and then thank a WWII vet on Facebook:http://on.fb.me/JHONys

This one via The Right Scoop showed up in my in box just this morning, sent by Brian B:

Congressman Allen West speaks at the Boynton Beach Memorial Day Observance May 27, 2012:

Continuing where West left off: No Greater Love:

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13
Musical Selections from:
“Simple Gifts” (instrumental) from Appalachian Spring, by Aaron Copland, 1944
“Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland, 1942
“Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan, by John Williams, 1998

Memorial Day Tributes 2012:

These are montages of stirring war photos coupled with soaring music:

Not feeling any hesitation to call these men heroes…

USAA’s 2012 Memorial Day Ceremony:

Courage to Persevere is the theme of USAA’s 2012 Memorial Day program. Highlights include J.R. Martinez, motivational speaker and champion of Dancing with the Stars, Season 13; singer Angie Johnson, a contestant on The Voice and former Tops in Blue performer; and country music artist Russ Murphy.

Over an hour long, this one starts with former Marine SSgt  Tim Chambers’ 10th Rolling Thunder vigil…

See Also:

Hot Air: Video: MSNBC observes Memorial Day:

….for another *ahem* point of view.

Yesterday, MSNBC and its host Chris Hayes called that recognition warmongering in an incoherent, rambling statement that will haunt the channel and its host for a very long time…

Human Events: Forgotten: Why has Bowe Bergdahl languished as a POW for nearly 3 years?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), himself a former POW, told Human Events he has followed the captured soldier’s plight with interest.

“We’ve had briefings from the intelligence community; we’ve been doing everything we can to try to see what can be done,” McCain said. “I know that the men and women who are serving in the military are willing to do anything to rescue him. I’ve had briefings from the intelligence people, and they tell me it’s their highest priority.”

But notably absent from the discussion has been any commitment from President Obama that the country will not leave its own behind. After refusing interviews for nearly three years, Bergdahl’s parents briefly broke their silence earlier this month.

Not even a Hallmark card

“(President Obama) has never contacted us,” Sgt. Bergdahl’s mother, Jani Bergdahl, told the New York Times in a May 13 story. “We haven’t gotten a Hallmark card, we haven’t gotten a note signed by an aide, nothing. Is it because he thinks we’re not Democrats?”

A year ago, Robert Bergdahl, the sergeant’s father, tried to communicate with his son’s captors directly via YouTube, thanking them for keeping him alive and pleading for his safe return.

“We’ve been quiet in public, but we haven’t been quiet behind the scenes,” Robert Bergdahl said in the video, addressing his son. “You are not forgotten. You are not forgotten.”

CNN: The toll of war now includes more amputees:

They are a small group, the quadruple amputee combat vets — just five of them.

There are also 40 triple amputees. When they come home, they have their own set of issues, but many face the problems of every wounded vet. They start their new lives together.

“When you are out on the battlefield, you don’t realize how many amputees there are because you are not there and you don’t see them,” Nicely said. “But when you are in the hospital and see all the amputations. … But it’s like one big support group. It doesn’t matter whether you are a quad or missing one leg, it doesn’t matter, everybody is in it together and it’s like one big family in there.”

UPDATE II:

In contrast to Obama’s long-winded, self-congratulatory Memorial Day speech, here’s Mitt’s simple message of thanks to our fallen heroes:

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Media Malpractice: Let Us Count the Ways the MSM Has Failed in Recent Weeks – Starting With Brett Kimberlin

It’s two days after perhaps the largest blogburst in internet history,  and there is still media silence on the Brett Kimberlin scandal.

In case you’re not up to speed, here’s a brief rundown of what should be a blockbuster story, brought to you via The Blaze:

  • Drug dealer, alleged child molester, and convicted perjurer, forger and Indiana Speedway Bomber (who is also believed to have played a role in the assassination of a grandmother), Brett Kimberlin, spent 17 years in prison before his ultimate re-absorption into American society
  • He started a non-profit dubbed “Justice Through Music (JTM)” that has, since at least 2005, been funded by George Soros’ Tides Foundation and Barbara Streisand among other leftists
  • Along with his associate, Kimberlin also started an organization called “Velvet Revolution” that supports the Occupy movement
  • JTM’s goal is to use music to foster “social justice” and fight Republican “voter fraud” (like the kind George Bush allegedly used to “steal” the Florida election)
  • Any blogger — conservative and liberal alike — who has written the truth about Kimberlin has come under vicious attack by either Kimberlin or his minions, suffering death threats (veiled and unveiled), multiple lawsuits, loss of jobs and worse
  • He has filed over 100 frivolous lawsuits against anything that isn’t nailed down and somehow is being allowed to continue unchecked
  • This story has never been reported on in the mainstream media

One blogger was spooked out of his home by the creep, taking his family on the road,  blogging from undisclosed locations.

Another’s life was put in extreme danger when he was “swatted”.

Yet another blogger and his wife lost their jobs due to Kimberlin’s lawfare intimidation tactics.

The unrepentant terrorist’s non-profit apparently partners with the Obama  State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

None of this newsworthy? Hello? Bueller?

Media malpractice: Even with #BrettKimberlin trending, lapdog media remains silent

The conservative blogosphere and Twittersphere is standing up in support of those victimized by this radical Leftist political terrorist. Tweets, blogs, donations and other means are being employed to bring attention to this bone-chilling attack on speech, and to aid the targets of Brett Kimberlin’s terrorism.

Where is the media? Silent. Evidently, a shred of decency is too much to ask of the lapdog media, who instead choose to paint TEA parties as violent while ignoring actual nightmarish and potentially deadly terrorism from a Leftist.

Of course, this media failure is just the latest of a string of epic media failures to report significant news.

Last week, Doug Ross  posted a list of recent potentially blockbuster stories that are being ignored by legacy media because they don’t fit their chosen narratives; Old Media Is Bleeding Out Right Before Our Eyes:

Old media is literally committing suicide in front of our very eyes. In its desperate rush to see Barack Obama reelected, they are ignoring bigger and bigger stories. People have the Internet. They read The Drudge Report. They listen to talk radio. They read blogs. And in spite of all of these different access points, old media is ignoring blockbuster story after blockbuster story.

Consider the following panoply of stories — from the last few days alone — courtesy of the national treasure known as NewsBusters.

Outrage Over 72 Hours Of Network Silence On Catholic Lawsuit Spreads

Networks Censor News of Massive Democratic Protest Vote Against Obama

ABC, NBC Punt on Alleged Obama Administration Leak of Classified Information to Hollywood

Was Rev. Wright Offered Hush Money? Nobody In The Media Cares

I would add a couple more:

Media Works To Suppress Obama ‘Born in Kenya’ Bio

Alert the Media – Obama Campaign Disables Credit Card Verification…

The MSM never looked into the campaign finance issue, but in an update on their story, Powerline reported that a blog finally got the White House’s attention:

Over at the Election Law Blog, Professor Rick Hasen has posted a statement from the Obama campaign on the charge that it does not follow best practices to prevent fraudulent donations to the campaign.

Credit card contributions to Obama for America are, in fact, processed using AVS (Address Verification System).

If a billing address is verified via AVS, then the credit card contribution is processed without delay. Some transactions caught by AVS may initially appear to a donor to have been accepted even though this is not the case. Obama for America employs a manual process to review any transaction flagged by AVS, also taking into account other fraud risk factors, and using fraud detection services provided by our credit card processor.

As an example, the contribution discussed here http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/04/dubious-donations-illustrated-illegal-contributor-edition.php may have initially appeared to have gone through when the donor completed the transaction at 10:18 a.m. but it was rejected at 4:51 p.m. under our standard fraud detection procedures.

So any claims that Obama for America has disabled AVS are inaccurate; any question about this would have been answered–if the question had been asked.

A Powerline commenter made this obvious point:

The only plausible reason for disabling a fraud-protection system is to selectively enable fraud.

By over-riding the automated system, they can accept multiple illegal donations from domestic and foreign sources. They can screen out illegal donations that look like… well, like PowerLine readers testing the system. But if they recognize an illegal donations they were expecting, they can bank it with confidence.

Still no interest from the legacy media.

But in their defense, they’ve been kinda busy covering these important stories:

Washington Post: Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith tangles with a quirk of Arkansas history

Washington Post: Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents

USA TODAY: Pet’s crate ride atop car still dogging Romney

LA Times: Ann Romney and dressage: A pricey private world

ABC: Designer of Ann Romney’s $1K Shirt Says It’s Off The Rack

And my personal favorite because the tea party was born in Feb of ’09 precisely to protest Obama’s big spending, big government agenda:

Market Watch: Obama spending binge never happened

According to Rex Nutter, that trillion dollar stimulus I was protesting in a snow storm on Feb 28, 2009, was Bush’s spending. Or a figment of my imagination – I’m not sure which. Maybe it wasn’t snowing, either. I’m not sure what the truth is, anymore!

As bad as those examples of  bias are, the old media show their bias most in the stories they choose not to report.

UPDATE:

Getting the news out is up to new media guys like Peter Ingemi:

 DaTechGuy will be substitute hosting the WCRN Morning Show from 5 am till 9 a.m tomorrow on the 50,000 Watt WCRN AM 830 Worcester.
 He says, “as the MSM has decided to give the Patterico and Stacy McCain stories a pass I’m going to just have to do it for them on a 50,000 watt station for all New England.  Stacy will be joining me during the 6 a.m. hour to tell his story.”
You can listen live using TuneIn or at wcrnradio.com
They will also be talking about the missing Wikipedia entry for Brett Kimberlin.
UPDATE II:

Anyone else think CNN is going to talk about SWATting now?

UPDATE III:

Newsbusters: Brett Kimberlin and ‘SWATting’: Where Is the Establishment Press?

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The Twoosh Master’s Tweet Lacks Twooth (Video)

See if you can say that three times fast.

Folks, the jury is in – our amazing President has officially gotten his “cool” back because he has set a  “record” for composing the first “perfect tweet” by a President. Yes, I’m sure we’ll soon see this historic feat referenced in some other President’s biography on the White House website.

Granny Jan memorialized the momentous occasion by creating this lovely tribute video:

Obama was obviously proud of himself so I hate to nitpick, but there are a couple of problems with his twoosh.

Here it is, via The Blaze:

First of all,  the tweet’s “Twoosh” status is in contention…

And Gateway Pundit couldn’t help but notice something else that’s kinda questionable – this whole idea that alternative energy prices are getting cheaper:

Brian Hughes at the Examiner wrote this today.

Obama spent $90 billion of his stimulus package on green energy projects, including weatherization of buildings and development of electric vehicles. Yet, by the end of last year, just 16,100 people landed new jobs in the so-called green industry, Labor Department statistics show, far short of the 200,000 jobs the White House projected it would help create each year.

That comes out to $5.5 million per green job. What a deal!
But at least President Obama says the cost is coming down. We can hope… But, probably not until after the November election.

I would also note that oil is getting more expensive as a direct result of Obama’s own policies.

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