OUTRAGE: #BrettKimberlin Victim, Aaron Walker, Taken Into Custody [Updated: Walker Released]
FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
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.
Keep checking over at Stacy’s place for further updates.
UPDATE at 1955…
-We got word a short while ago that Aaron Walker has been released from jail — got the word from the man himself.
Undoubtedly, convicted terrorist and serial perjurer Brett Kimberlin and his supporters and enablers believe that this is a great and glorious victory. They are mistaken. This is the beginning of the end for Kimberlin’s online and lawfaring terror spree.
We’re going to be seeing you in court a lot, Mr. Kimberlin. Enjoy discovery.
The key is to untangle the web of associates of Kimberlin and expose them all.
-Walt Gilbert, The Damn Dirty RINO, has a damn fine post up asking where are NRO, The Weekly Standard, Andrew McCarthy, Mark Steyn, etc. on this whole story. Why haven’t they helped get the word out?
He also offers some good advice on criticisms of Mr. Walker’s decision to represent himself at today’s hearing. Be careful of some of them — he explains why.
[I should state for the record that I think it was a big mistake for Mr. Walker to be his own attorney. When your livelihood and that of your wife have been disrupted so completely as there's have been, when you have been under constant attack from a dangerous and violent thug, when you are faced with the possibility that you could be SWATted at any moment, Reason dictates that you bring in a third party to calmly represent you. The most strong-willed man cannot be expected to fully control his emotions in such a situation, especially not with the inevitable adrenaline surges you'll be experiencing.]
-Expect another update soon.
UPDATE at 2045…
-There has been a lot of confusion over why and for what reason Mr. Walker was taken into custody. Munsey commentator novaculus wrote [at 1402 EST this afternoon]:
Not contempt, nor a warrant on the older assault case, which someone in the clerk’s office is unhelpfully suggesting. It is a new case, apparently initiated by Kimberlin late last week for the purpose of getting a warrant issued so that Walker would be arrested today.
Case No 5D00279004
Warrant issued on May 27,2012 for Failure To Obey a Peace Order
Pretty clear what happened. Kimberlin knows how these things work. Filing a complaint for violation of a peace order cause a warrant to be issued with virtually no review, a rubber stamp process. Kimberlin apparently initiated that process to get a warrant issued at the last minute, so no one would know. No doubt he informed the sheriff that Walker would be in court.
Walker’s detention will be reviewed shortly by a commissioner. He should be released thereafter, assuming the commissioner in not another retired dementia case sitting for a competent person.
Over at Stacy McCain’s site, the same author wrote [at 1821 EST]:
I did some checking. Someone in the clerk’s office is giving out some bad info, I think, to the effect that Walker was arrested on a warrant in the 2nd degree assault case Kimberlin had caused to be filed.
But it appears that Walker was arrested in a new case (5D00279004) for Failure to Obey a Peace Order. The warrant was issued MAY 27, 2012.
Looks like Kimberlin gamed the system again. He knows how the system works, particularly as it relates to these peace orders. He apparently filed a new claim that Walker violated the previously issued temporary peace order late last week. Those are processed immediately, and so over the weekend a commissioner seeing only the PC affidavit and the charges found probable cause and issued a warrant as a matter of course.
No doubt Kimberlin advised the sheriff’s office that the subject of the brand new warrant was going to be in court this morning.
A commissioner eill review Walker’s detention this afternoon.
Update: Walker has been released from custody.
This would indicate that, as I stated yesterday, Kimberlin is possessed of a low cunning, because this was a cute move on his part. No matter what happened in the hearing this morning, Aaron Walker was going to be taken into custody the moment he left the courtroom.
-Expect another Update.
UPDATE at 2127…
-Over at Investor’s Business Daily, reporter David Hogberg has filed his report on the courtroom proceedings [he was there]. A highlight:
A few thoughts: First, never represent yourself. Walker clearly needed an attorney.
Second, it seems that Vaughey doesn’t understand how the Internet works. I or anyone else can write a blog post about “Person A” and urge others to write about it. But I have no control over whether other people do that. And I certainly have no control over whether someone sends a threatening email or tweet to Person A after reading my blog post. Surely, the people who send threatening emails and such should face consequences. But as long as I do not write something along the lines of “send Person A a nasty email,” I’m not in anyway at fault. And looking over Aaron Walker’s blog, it’s clear he never told anyone to do such a thing to Kimberlin.
But, according to Vaughey’s reasoning, I would be at fault. If that’s indeed the case, well, you can probably figure out that the First Amendment has just been gutted.
-Sister Toldjah has an informative post up on Lawfare.
This is absolutely surreal. And frightening.
In other words: it’s Obama’s Amerika.
-Ladd Ehlinger has some spot-on travel advice.
-Evi’s take can be found here.
-Twitchy’s excellent aggregation.
-Michelle Malkin’s post on this can be found here.
AARON WALKER AND THE OTHERS
WHO HAVE BEEN TARGETED BY
THESE LEFTIST THUGS
NEED YOUR FINANCIAL HELP.
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