Blogger and Brett Kimberlin target Aaron Walker arrested in Maryland
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 DeLongHere is a copy of the so-called “peace order” that was filed by Kimberlin against Walker:
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.
Will know more on Aaron's situation at 3:30/4:30pm
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?
The Aaron Walker arrest is a violation of his first amendment rights. He isn't accused of making death threats himself against Kimberlin.
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
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
Let loose the flood of righteous indignation.
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
Walker Peace Order: SHALL NOT ABUSE, SHALL NOT CONTACT, SHALL NOT ENTER RESIDENCE. Please advise which of these means “cannot talk about”
Look at the recent happenings and tell me again who is for free speech? More voices, NOT LESS.
So @arronworthing blogs truthful statement about Kimberlin and this judge in Maryland throws Aaron in jail for the reactions of others?
Free speech isn't always free, but it's always worth fighting for.
More from Ali Akbar:
We've got ahold of the full situation finally. Out of respect and discretion, not tweeting anymore details. Aaron is priority 1.
Purported Kimberlin associate @OccupyRebellion sent out this tweet: