Barrett Brown Ruled Sane Enough for Trial


He’s looking at up to 100 years if convicted on all the charges in both of the trials he’s facing. More info here.

It will be interesting to see whether it’s the prosecution or the defense that brings up the activities of Carlito 2000 (aka First Mate Neal Rauhauser) in relation to these cases. You know, these cases might have something to do with this. Or maybe not.

Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin: Unconnected Dots and Loose Ends


Over the last week or so, I’ve been blogging about various court filings related to the Kimberlin v. Walker cases in Maryland and the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. case in Virginia. Not all the dots are connected yet, and we still have plenty of loose ends. Here’re a few of the ones I haven’t been able to connect or tieup (at least publicly) as yet.

1. In his Motion for Continuance Brett Kimberlin wrote that he had a previous engagement on the day of the hearing on Aaron Walker’s Motion to Compel. I wasn’t at the hearing, but I know from the record that the Kimberlin motion was denied and the Walker motion was granted. The record doesn’t show whether or not Kimberlin showed up in court. Was he there? Was he a no-show in order to avoid answering questions about the contents of his motion? He would have been under oath.

2. The Kimberlin Motion for Continuance contains a statement that “Defendant is working with law enforcement officials on matters related to this case …” What does “working with” mean? It could mean that he is filing baseless complaints in order to say that there are police/FBI/IRS/SEC/whoever investigations in progress. He’s tried that in the past. It could mean that he has been interviewed by one or more law enforcement agencies. It could mean that he is a “person of interest” to law enforcement.

3. There is a connection between Brett Kimberlin and Neal Rauhauser beyond being defendants in the same lawsuit. There is also a connection between Neal Rauhauser and Barrett Brown. Now that Mr. Brown is in federal custody and possibly cutting a deal, how might that effect Team Kimberlin? Does The Dread Pirate Kimberlin have a mutineer on his hands? Or a loose cannon on deck?

4. Now that there’s congressional interest in SWATting, are other forms of threatening harassment more fashionable? Just as the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. case began heating up, the Liberal Grouch began stirring up trouble. Connections? Coincidence?

There are more dots and loose ends out there, but these are enough for today. Discuss among yourselves. Comments are open but moderated.

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