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The #BrettKimberlin Report D+75: Good News – Kimberlin Gets Served

08 August 2012 @ 16:48

From the Bloggers Defense Team at Right Solutions, we learn [tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain][emphasis mine]:

Pursuing Brett Kimberlin & Allies in Court; Litigation Moves Forward

For Immediate Release

8/8/2012

Blogger & journalist Aaron Walker is continuing his fight for bloggers’ freedom of speech with his lawsuit against Brett Kimberlin and his allies, with significant new developments underway. Mr. Kimberlin has engaged in a series of harassing legal maneuvers – “Lawfare” – to silence his new media critics. These tactics have included filing numerous “peace orders” in an attempt to have Courts silence journalists, Bar complaints to cost his foes their professions, and harassing communications to employers of bloggers and even to employers of their spouses. Kimberlin’s associates have also been suspected of much more nefarious forms of harassment, including the growing, dangerous tactic known as “SWATting” in which a caller contacts the police falsely claiming there is an emergency at the victims home that requires armed intervention. In fact, several conservative bloggers that criticized Kimberlin have endured this evil ploy over the past year. Most recently Aaron Walker was anonymously SWATted mere hours after a Maryland court lifted an unconstitutional prior restraint on his freedom of speech.

In January, Aaron Walker sued Brett Kimberlin and his associates, Ron Brynaert and Neal Rauhauser, in Virginia, on charges of defamation, state and federal extortion, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. After having been sidelined by a barrage of Kimberlin legal harassment in Maryland – which led to a temporary and wholly unconstitutional Court order silencing Walker’s blogging – the Virginia litigation is now continuing. Written discovery has been served on Kimberlin, with a response due in short order. His cohorts, Brynaert and Rauhauser, attempted to duck service and never answered the lawsuit, despite their actual knowledge, and default judgment motions have now been filed against them – a major step forward.

While this case is making progress, there is much more to do. Kimberlin and company have many other victims and the tactics they’ve mastered will certainly be used by others to silence and harass their critics.

To support the cost of pro bono representation of Aaron Walker and other victims, RightSolutions, a 501c3, has launched the Bloggers Defense Team to raise tax-deductible contributions to continue fighting back, and is underwriting the costs of the Virginia state lawsuit and another Maryland Federal lawsuit.

Victims are also calling upon members of Congress and the Department of Justice to form an FBI task force to coordinate law enforcement resources to investigate not only the SWATtings, but the Lawfare and continued and potentially illegal harassment activities aimed at silencing speech and political opinion.

The internet should be the ultimate “marketplace of ideas” where all are free to share opinions without threat of legal harassment, cyber-bullying, or real world threats.

For more information, or to donate to the Blogger’s Defense Team, go to http://bloggersdefenseteam.com/

We’re taking it to the enemy.

‘Discovery’ is my new favorite word.

There is the possibility of Updates later.

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