FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
Aaron Walker, whose complaint against convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin became a conservativecause 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.
While the official charge is apparently “incitement,” Lee Stranahan has the real reason Walker was cuffed:
As far as I can tell, Aaron Walker was arrested for writing.
I have seen no claim that Walker himself made any threats against Brett Kimberlin. Or that he contacted Brett Kimberlin. Walker was arrested because he wrote facts and opinions about Brett Kimberlin and other people supposedly made threats.
If that’s the way we interoperate the law, arrest me. Arrest the other 150 bloggers who wrote about Kimberlin. Arrest anyone who ever wrote about someone else and thenother people threatened the subject of the writing.
If you write, blog, or even send an occasional tweet – this effects you.
Stranahan mentioned several words that some claim would be foreign to the judge presiding over the hearing. Words like “bloggers” and ”tweet.”
Judge Vaughey had read up on the matter, knew Kimberlin’s history of felony convictions, but clearly was technically ignorant of even basic facts about what Twitter is, in one instance point saying “He Googled you 500,000 times” through the Tubes or whatever. The Judge had identified himself, earlier, as being “of the Royal Typewriter Generation,” and at another point, when confronted with the voluminous material from both sides, asked “don’t people have jobs, who reads this stuff?”
This left Bob Owens to declare:
Walker made the fool’s mistake of representing himself, which is something the most basic defendant knows not to do. that was compounded by Judge Cornelius J. Vaughey being a complete freaking idiot…
Aaron should have known better than represent himself here. What a gross tactical error. The judge, however, wasn’t competent to hear this case, and I should think that would present an opportunity for appeal…
This clearly isn’t the end of it.