PJ Media has been covering the saga of Swatting and the convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin. I am told that this morning, Kimberlin’s nemesis Arron Worthing was taken into custody by the bomber’s request during a hearing in Maryland. Here is the order.
What more can Maryland (specifically), and the Justice System (generally) do to ensure they lose the respect of the citizenry.
This is absolute Bovine Excrement!
5 That the Respondent SHALL STAY AWAY from
The Petitioner’s place(s) of employement at
Anywhere? So the respondent, Arron Worthing, shall stay away from “ANYWHERE”? So he has to be NOWHERE to stay away from Kimberlin while he is at his place of employement?
Is this a joke? (My sense of humor is sometimes imparred)
That should be sufficient to get any state to quash Mr. Worthing’s right to keep & bear arms, and it will likely result in heightened law enforcement scrutiny. Additionally, he will have a record, so if he gets “SWATTED,” police will roll up locked and loaded knowing that there is a protective order pending. They won’t have access to the protective order, they’ll just know that he was accused of some sort of violence – they’ll probably assume domestic – and proceed accordingly.
This isn’t a laughing matter. I wonder if Kimberlin or his pals are going to be able to engineer any tragic endings out of this matter.
I just read Munsey’s account linked at Bryan’s Tatler post. It’s pretty much as I’d guessed.
The worst twist for Aaron was that the “great jailhouse lawyer” was actually represented by counsel this round. Kimberlin spent some bucks and stepped it up a notch.
A few years ago I wouldn’t have thought such an injustice was possible in the united States. When the criminals put the innocent in jail our Republic is truely in danger.
Am I missing something? The order just tells Walker to stay away from Kimbering and not to contact him. IOW, what Walker was doing anyway. Nothing about taking into custody…
If Kimberlin’s sentence isn’t up until 2031 and he’s out of prison, then he should be on parole.
The transcript of the previous Kimberlin v. Walker shows Kimberlin testifying that his failure to make any effort to satisfy the DeLong judgement was not the cause of his parole revocation in 1997. The record of his parole hearing and appeals clearly states that that was a reason.
Has he perjured himself? If so, would that be ground to revoke his parole again?
No wonder Stacy McCain high-tailed it out of Maryland.
So, what’s the legal prognosis on this? Will some conscionable lawyer get his arse to Maryland and defend Worthing? Has there been an immediate escalation to a superior district court for a stop-order on the jailing? WTF?
Ace of Spades says that Worthing was representing himself and got irritated:
Nice. So, Worthing is an idiot and now has set back the First Amendment by oodles and oodles by exercising his arrogance muscle.
Tell you what; some cretin costs you and your wife your jobs and see how calm you are,
That order doesn’t even make any sense.
COUNTLESS NUMBER OF BLOGS EITHER THREATENING DEATH?
That judge should be immediately removed from office on grounds of idiocy.
Paul, the 1st Amendment’s heroes have hardly been nice polished speakers. If the 1st Amendment could be set back by a hot-head, not even by oodles and oodles, but merely by inches and inches, there wouldn’t be a 1st Amendment anymore.
I may be in error, but didn’t Worthing also stupidly play right into this sociopath’s hands by grabbing his (Kimberlin’s) camera from him in a courthouse – which gave Kimberlin his “assault” evidence?
He thought he was a assaulting him with it.
Based on the links Instapundit put up, it appears that the judge has no understanding of the internet, and thinks that Worthing himself wrote every single blog or tweet mentioning the Speedway Bomber.
This hearing illustrates three flaws in the “justice” system: (1) Doddering luddites are allowed to judge cases where understanding of 21st century technology is essential; (2) Retired judges who are accountable to no one are allowed to sit on inflammatory, highly charged and complicated cases; and (3) Maryland is a banana Republic.
“Well, I never driven one of them newfangled automobile things, always been a horse and buggy man myself. But here’s how I’m ruling on the 2013 Formula One technical regulations…”
From the sound of things, Walker’s plan was to point dramatically at Kimberlin all Ace Attorney style, yell “THAT man is GUILTY!” and expect the cops to drag him off to the hole.
He did not have a Plan B, so he fell back on the Internet-honed style of debate where you scream at the other party until they get fed up and leave. Unfortunately this does not work as well in real life as it does in a blog comments section.
Free Aaron Walker!
Two thoughts. One is that the left has vastly deeper pockets than the right. Where are the conservative/libertarian billionaires and foundations who match the lefts support of Kimberlin?
Second, try to imagine Terry Nichols getting out of jail and being hired by the Cato Institute or National Review. The idea is ludicrous, and not just because Nichols was sentenced to life without parole. But as we’ve seen with Ayers and now with Kimberlin, being a convicted terrorist is no impediment at all to your professional and social advancement – as long as you’re on the left.
Hell, Worthing lost his job just for being a Republican blogger. But if he’d planted bombs for a leftist cause he’d be assured of financial security for life.
I’m taking solace in that this miscarriage of justice will inflate the publicity of the case which utlimate should help Walker, and damage Kimberlin. I hope…
A’Barge and Duck – When either of you grows a pair remotely the size of Worthing’s, let us know.
Something doesn’t smell quite right about this story. Why would a judge be in the tank for Kimberlin? Why would a judge look at facts and conclude Worthing was a threat or that he had made threats if he hadn’t? Are we looking at two goofballs here or one? I’m starting to get a feeling bloggers have been had. Maybe Worthing should let this go. If he’s blowing up in a courtroom what’s he doing outside one? Why’s he grabbing iPad’s from someone?
The judge did not look at the facts. Many are noting the problems with the reasoning the judge employed and his stunning ignorance about some basic issues relating to the internet. And to the Supreme Court precedent.
And the judge did not think Aaron was a threat. He thought Aaron’s blogging was inciting comments… which I believe are astroturf… which Aaron directly opposed and deleted from his own blog.
Why did Aaron grab a device from a angry convicted bomber? Because it was being used unlawfully and he wasn’t sure if it was going to detonate a bomb or be used as a club.
And Brett provably lied under oath about that incident, and thus the state decided there was no evidence of wrongdoing.
Well, the judge didn’t look at the facts and you didn’t look at the reply to my own post which somewhat answered my own questions so why take out the judge for not crossing a distance far more difficult than the 2 dots one inch apart you had to connect?
Your explanation about the iPad is laughable and so what’s the opposite of a concern troll – myopic troll? Here’s a stunning surprise: I don’t believe everything I hear on the internet and so I question them sometimes since I don’t micro-manage the arcane and bizarre details of this weird case presented at a novella length of 28,000 words.
That’s why I don’t fall for photos posted by morons of peacefully sleeping dogs on a sunny, Cairo sidewalk presented to me as having been killed by an extra-strong type of tear gas or blithely accept the version of one obsessive can’t-let-it-go weirdo over another at face value.
I read another story that suggests the judge made a ruling based perhaps on an unfair connection on how he saw the relationship between Worthing raising awareness and subsequent death threats, perhaps because the judge had little experience with the internet. If Worthing became irritated that may have reinforced the judge’s conclusion. So it makes more sense now. It seems weird an amateur is outsmarting an atty. at his own game.
I wonder if this peace order thing could’ve been of any use against all the entities who tried to smear Zimmerman when they clearly knew nothing about the case, like Spike Lee, the NBBP, many others. When I Google “peace order,” only Maryland comes up. Is that the only state that allows them?
It seems the judge’s actions are based on three things:
1. A low level of tolerance for an attourney who is not following the rules exactly, as he expects this of an attourney. Of course Worthing is trying his best under the circumstances. (Or maybe Worthing is just giving the judge credit to protect himself.)
2. Inability to understand he has an insane person engaging in lawfare, as insane people sometimes do. (Maryland does have a vexatious litigant statute, IIRC.)
3. Complete misunderstanding of the internet.
The government may as well issue MI-5 type licenses to kill.
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