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


http://twitter.com/#!/smitty_one_each/status/207501403831271424

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.

Via The Other McCain:

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.

On Thursday, May 17, Walker published a 28,000-word account of his experience being targeted by Kimberlin, which soon caught the attention of leading figures in online New Media, including University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds, who writes the popular Instapundit blog, and bestselling author Michelle Malkin, who warned her readers, “Please remember: Kimberlin is a radical, violent, lying, dangerous felon.”

UPDATE: According to a source, Kimberlin claimed during the hearing that he has received death threats as a result of Walker’s violation of the peace order. In 1981, Kimberlin was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for his crimes, including the 1978 terrorist bombing that brutally maimed Vietnam veteran Carl DeLong.

Here is a copy of the so-called “peace order” that was filed by Kimberlin against Walker:

@bob_owens @rsmccain I just verified w/District Ct of Md that Vaughey sat today in Rockville even tho he's retired. Not fake.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 29, 2012

Twitchy will continue to monitor this story as it develops. Please check back for updates.

In the meantime, read about what you can do to support those who have been targeted by Brett Kimberlin and to fight back against intimidation.

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

— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) May 29, 2012

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Twitterers are up in arms over this story, and rightfully so. Walker’s arrest is a slap in the face of personal safety and free speech.

Lee Stranahan is calling for a protest:

Can we get some people to Rockville with protest signs this afternoon?

— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) May 29, 2012

The Aaron Walker arrest is a violation of his first amendment rights. He isn't accused of making death threats himself against Kimberlin.

— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) May 29, 2012

There are two aspects to the Walker arrest. One is legal and hopefully someone qualified is handling that. The other is media; and that's US

— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) May 29, 2012

We can't just sit here and tweet about it. We need a media event — a protest in front of the courthouse about the First Amendment

— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) May 29, 2012

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

— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) May 29, 2012

Let loose the flood of righteous indignation.

Walker Peace Order: SHALL NOT ABUSE, SHALL NOT CONTACT, SHALL NOT ENTER RESIDENCE. Please advise which of these means “cannot talk about”

— Daniel Webb (@DWebbVA) May 29, 2012

Look at the recent happenings and tell me again who is for free speech? More voices, NOT LESS.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 29, 2012

So @arronworthing blogs truthful statement about Kimberlin and this judge in Maryland throws Aaron in jail for the reactions of others?

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) May 29, 2012

I'll take "NEVER" RT @RBPundit: Over / under on the ACLU jumping in to help Aaron Worthing? #brettkimberlin

— Randy (@ERE1968) May 29, 2012

Please Contact Maryland State Attorney To Politely, Respectfully Ask Justice For Aaron Walker http://t.co/VFZHqMLT @AaronWorthing

— WisConservative (@CarterFliptMe) May 29, 2012

Pray for @AaronWorthing. And tell everyone you know that #BrettKimberlin (the convicted Speedway Bomber) is an evil, despicable man.

— Captain Whitebread (@Capt_Whitebread) May 29, 2012

Is this judge even remotely familiar w/the 1st Amendment? MT RT: @MelissaTweets: @AaronWorthing finding: http://t.co/y6nYtaxM

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) May 29, 2012

https://twitter.com/Revenant0101/status/207513878203072512

I want to see examples of the threats Kimberlin allegedly received. Did the judge just take his word for it? WTF is going on here!!??

— RB (@RBPundit) May 29, 2012

Free speech isn't always free, but it's always worth fighting for.

— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) May 29, 2012

#WAR

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More from Ali Akbar:

Rest assure, @NatlBloggers is working on getting Aaron out. We just have to sit tight and wait for now. Prayers needed.

— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) May 29, 2012

Aaron was in fact led out in handcuffs. Court source confirmed. #brettkimberlin

— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) May 29, 2012

I'm very proud to have @AaronWorthing as a member of @NatlBloggers. And the #BrettKimberlin Files will continue. http://t.co/gaQLjssj .

— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) May 29, 2012

We've got ahold of the full situation finally. Out of respect and discretion, not tweeting anymore details. Aaron is priority 1.

— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) May 29, 2012

#BrettKimberlin affiliate has threatened to "sever" me. https://t.co/qOh6ynUy … Time to file a peace order. Their standards.

— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) May 29, 2012

#BrettKimberlin is a racist, no exaggeration. http://t.co/Hn21nvJI

— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) May 29, 2012

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Purported Kimberlin associate @OccupyRebellion sent out these tweets:

https://twitter.com/OccupyRebellion/status/207498411321204737

https://twitter.com/OccupyRebellion/status/207500771820974080

https://twitter.com/OccupyRebellion/status/207516340729298944

Attention, Judge Cornelius J. Vaughey: those are what real threats look like.

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Update:

Sooper Mexican has posted an eyewitness account from someone who attended the Kimberlin-Walker hearing:

***Judge in #BrettKimberlin Hearing Woefully ignorant of Internet, Twitter http://t.co/6WH8ccYa #tcot

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) May 29, 2012

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Update:

Dana Loesch cites legal precedent and a government code to suggest that Walker’s conviction will be overturned:

Re: comments, case precedence exists that comments don't reflect the sites upon which they're posted. http://t.co/OJwvWqCn #brettkimberlin

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 29, 2012

Thus, website owners are not responsible for commentary. This includes both left and right. http://t.co/OJwvWqCn

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 29, 2012

If judge is holding @AaronWorthing responsible for website comments, argument can be made he's ignoring case law. http://t.co/OJwvWqCn

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 29, 2012

@NathanWurtzel In this case I'd say fed trumps. Internet can be trick because, no boundaries.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 29, 2012

Also: Communications Decency Act Sec. 230 frees providers from liability of content they didn't write themselves. http://t.co/3mmYBedY

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 29, 2012

Let’s hope that justice wins out here.

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Update:

Aaron Walker has been released:

I cant say more until I talk to my lawyer but… i do really need your help right now. And I appreciate your support.

— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) May 29, 2012

Actually I can add that i am free at the moment. But please donate. Hate 2 beg, but please…

— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) May 29, 2012

If you’d like to make a donation to help Aaron and other bloggers targeted by Brett Kimberlin et al., you can do so here or, if you prefer Paypal, here.

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