The #BrettKimberlin Report D+17 Part I: Another Conservative Blogger Under Attack In This #War
This time it’s Paul Lemmen who runs the blog An Ex-Con’s View.
Over at Popehat, Ken has all the details.
The Knock On The Door
Paul Lemmen finds himself warned about returning to prison because his blog is not just about his past crimes and his life in prison. He also writes about politics. Recently, he began writing about Brett Kimberlin, and about Kimberlin’s campaign of "lawfare" against his critics. We’ve covered that campaign extensively here, because I view Team Kimberlin’s successful abuse of the courts as an important First Amendment issue.
As with others before him, Paul Lemmen faced dramatic consequences as a result of voicing his opinions about a public figure and a matter of public controversy.
Paul was convicted and sentenced in the Middle District of Tennessee, but he’s living in Florida. During his term of supervised release, he’s supervised by a United States Probation Officer there. In late May 2012, he was providing his probation officer with information about his new address, a modest apartment in Tampa. The probation officer asked to visit him — the first visit she’d requested in months. When she visited, after they had discussed his compliance with his residential and financial paperwork, the officer warned Lemmen that she "had been told" that he needed to "not write about anything that could get [him] in trouble" and that she didn’t want him to "go back to prison to await a judge’s ruling on possible defamation." This was the first time the probation officer had ever mentioned Paul Lemmen’s blogging. Paul asked her if this had something to do with what he had written about Brett Kimberlin; she responded only that she didn’t want to see someone so easy to supervise be violated (that is, be found in violation of supervised release and returned to prison) and that he needed to be careful and "watch his back."
Paul does not have a single bad thing to say about his probation officer, and says she seemed very uncomfortable telling him this.
Paul is the first to admit that he has no direct evidence linking this warning to the lawfare activities of Team Kimberlin. But I submit that the inference is strong — even overwhelming. I’ve talked about the facts before: Kimberlin has used bogus "peace orders" and false criminal complaints to retaliate against critics. Team Kimberlin relentlessly characterizes any criticism as "harassment" or "stalking" or "defamation," and Kimberlin — a convicted perjurer — regularly claims that criticism of him has led to death threats, and asserts that his critics are legally responsible for those threats….
Paul fears going back to prison for two very good reasons:
… Paul Lemmen knew that because he was an ex-con, continuing to write about Brett Kimberlin meant very possibly going to jail for a while, whatever the right or wrong of it was.This was no casual matter for him. Sure, incarceration isn’t a casual matter for most of you reading this blog. But Paul has long-term severe health problems. Thanks to a criminal justice system with an approach to inmate health care that is somewhere between spiteful and amorally indifferent, incarceration in America can be a death sentence for someone with health problems. Sure, the U.S. Marshals would have gotten Paul Lemmen his medication — eventually, after a few layers of indifferent review, in generic form, in limited quantities, if the bureaucracy was working just right that week.
But even unjust incarceration, and the grave health risks that come with it, were not what was first on his mind. Paul Lemmen is the sole caregiver for his wife, who suffers from debilitating MS — and who suffered brutally during his prior imprisonment….
Also, check out Paul’s post on Brett Kimberlin and the Federal Parole System.
A big ‘Thank You’ to Ken for getting Paul some legal help.
We’ve got to keep standing together because there’s strength in numbers. We need to fight like the Roman Legions, facing our enemies with a solid wall of shields, ready to thrust our daggers of Right Reason when the opportunity arises.