It was very disappointing to hear Judge Potter dismiss the Virginia Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit. I’m sure that if the Gentle Reader wishes to hear the celebratory crowing from Team Kimberlin, he can find it on Twitter or one of the websites associated with them.
Let me do a stream of consciousness brain dump on the day. Some of this will duplicate information found at The Other McCain.
1. The judge appeared to be reading from a prepared order which seemed too long to have been written during the recess he took between hearing the oral arguments and ruling. The Gentle Reader is left to draw his own conclusion.
2. There were a couple of people in the courtroom that I could not identify. One was a well-dressed fellow who seem to be a lawyer—perhaps an associate of Jeff Cohen’s firm observing the hearing? The other was a rather rough looking fellow who sat on the back row—muscle?
3. I had a chance to interview both Aaron Walker and Dan Backer after the hearing. While they haven’t formulated their exact response, an appeal or a motion to reconsider are possibilities. Furthermore, the two Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. suits are not the only arrows in the quiver. They might be merely an opening salvo. Some of those possibilities are very interesting.
4. I wound up having lunch with Stacy McCain and Wombat-socho. This was the first time that I’ve met either of them. Wombat’s an impressive guy; he reminded me of the closing lines of the Ogden Nash poem The Wombat:
But I would not engage the wombat
In any form of mortal combat.
5. TDPK has won round one and round two, but the match isn’t over yet. He and his crew need to be brought to justice.
6. Now that I’ve had a chance to size up Stacy McCain, I’d like to echo the warning that Glen Reynolds made about not trying to out-crazy Mr. McCain. Team Kimberlin should not expect to be able to divert him from relentlessly blogging about their mischief.
7. Similarly, they should not expect Hogewash! to let go either. While I consider myself simply to be pigheaded, I have been described as having weapons-grade persistence. I have turned the Vast Hogewash Research Organization loose on Team Kimberlin. The data is rolling in, and, as it becomes useful in bringing the truth to light, it will be published. You can also expect that I won’t tell everything as soon as I know it. Somethings need to wait until the time is ripe.
8. Some material published about me has been blatantly defamatory. I have not responded. Yet. I believe that making corrections and offering apologies for errors is a wise policy.