I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


A former aide to Senator Chuck Schumer who is now working for the Justice Department call what he thought were members of Congressman Elijah Cummings staff to ask them to leak information to support administration spin of the IRS debacle. Imagine the fun that ensued when it turned out that had really dialed the staff of oversight committee chairman, Congressman Darrell Issa.

In a letter to Attorney General Holder, Issa said he is “disturbed” by the “apparently longstanding collaboration between the Obama administration and Ranking Member Cummings’ staff to obfuscate and prejudice the Committee’s work through under-the-table coordination.”

Transcripts and Court Audio


The Maryland Rules relating to court audio and court transcripts are such that both are made available to the public.

But.

While the transcripts are public documents and can be freely reproduced, the audio recordings are not cannot be reproduced or broadcast. They are available for purchase and are provided on data CDs. The CDs cannot be played on a standard player. They can played on a PC running Windows. XP or a newer version is required.

Anyone who would like to get a copy of the trial audio from the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit trial can order the 4 CD set from the court. Technical Services is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm ET. Their phone number is (240) 777-9150. To process a CD order Technical Sevices needs the case number (380966V), the case name (Kimberlin v. Walker, et al.), the dates (11 and 12 August, 2014), and the judge’s name (Judge Johnson).

One more thing … someone briefly posted the trial audio on the Internet. That was a violation of the Maryland Rules, and The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is making noise about trying to pin that violation on one of the defendants. If you do get a copy, please don’t post it.

Another Maryland School Board


WBAL reports that the Anne Arundel School Board will be hearing arguments at 1 pm this afternoon in the matter of the second-grader who was suspended in 2013 for chewing his breakfast pastry into a shape resembling a handgun. The School Board has previously upheld the suspension for manufacturing and possessing an Assault Pop-Tart.

The Free State?


Some state nicknames make sense. Tennessee is called “The Volunteer State” because of its response to the call for troops during the War of 1812, and the state still provides more than its share of soldiers.

Other state nicknames make no sense these days. Consider Maryland—”The Free State.” Not only is the state among the most heavily over-regulated, it is among the least respectful of the rights on its residents. It is certainly unfriendly to the Bill of Rights. For example, the state’s highest court has ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply in Maryland outside of one’s home.

Jeffrey Goldberg has a piece at The Atlantic about an abuse of a “Free Stater’s” First Amendment rights. A middle school teacher has been ordered to undergo an emergency psych evaluation because he wrote a novel about a school shooting.

Read the whole thing.

Perhaps it’s time for a new nickname. How about “The Democratic Peoples’ Republic”?