Jones v. Pushaw

There is a final peace order hearing in the Jones v. Pushaw case on the docket of the District Court for Montgomery County scheduled for 9 am this morning. I will report the result as soon as I can after the hearing concludes.

UPDATE—I attended the hearing. The case was continued until 30 April because Ms. Pushaw has not been served.

More later.

UPDATE 2—i’m reviewing my notes I took during the hearing. I believe that some of the things that Jones’ said were not accurate, but I have ordered a CD of the hearing audio to confirm my recollections.

UPDATE 3—At the conclusion of the hearing, I left the courthouse immediately. I wanted to avoid any interaction with Jones, and I knew she would have to stay in the courtroom for a while in order to receive a copy of the case paperwork. I had turned off my phone in the courtroom, so I stopped on the sidewalk outside the courthouse to turn it on and make a couple of calls. As Jones left the building, turned to me and asked, “Do I know you?”

I replied, “No.”

She said, “You left at the end of my case. Were you there for me?”

I replied, “Yes.”

She said, “Thank you,” and walked away.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin is one of the least appealing persons I have ever met, but the I asked the question “Is #BrettKimberlin Appealing?” in this post from six years ago today.

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He thinks so.

I’ll have more to say after I finish laughing.

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his appeal as untimely because the entire case he filed in the District Court had not been closed. When I was finally able to file an appeal, he lost it too.

Rebekah Jones, Journalist?

In late June, 2019, a petition was filed for a stalking injunction against Rebekah Jones. A few days later, she filed an emergency motion to dissolve the temporary injunction that had been issued. I found this in her motion—So Jones has claimed her First Amendment right to speak about an issue she believed to be of public interest should protect her from a stalking claim.

Gentle Reader, do believe that is consistent with the position she is taking in her lawfare attacking Christina Pushaw’s First Amendment free speech and free press rights?

Rebekah Jones Case Docket 2020 and 2021

In December of 2020, Agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and female officer from the Tallahassee Police Department executed a search warrant at the Rebekah Jones’ residence as part of an investigation into an unauthorized access to a state computer system. A few days later, Jones filed a lawsuit against the Florida DLE and individuals connect with the execution of the warrant alleging discrimination and battery. (2020 CA 002349) The defendants removed the case to the U. S. District Court of the Northern District of Florida in January, 2021, and the case was dismissed in February (4:21-CV-00054-AW-MAF).

That investigation led to Jones being charged Unauthorized Access to a Computer System (2021 CF 000123). Here is a copy of the complaint and warrant. Jones’ Social Security Number has been redacted by the court. I have further redacted such information as her residence addresses and phone number.

Jones is now on pretrial release for the misdemeanor charge discussed yesterday and the felony cyber intrusion charge.

It’s Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day today.

Stay tuned.

Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day

Stacy McCain has suggested that today should be Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day in order call attention the frivolous peace order petition filed by Jones against Christina Pushaw. Jones is trying to use the Maryland peace order law to punish Ms. Pushaw for truth reporting about Jones and her past and current activities. Jones has also filed a patently false criminal complaint against Ms. Pushaw accusing her violating the interim peace order which was issued.

Hogewash! is participating in EBARJ Day. There will be multiple related posts.

Stay tuned.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin has made some amazingly stupid statements in the course of his campaign of lawfare. The TKPOTD from six years ago today detailed one of them.

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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has told Judge Hazel that he (the judge) found that Kimberlin’s state law claims were viable. He included this line describing his version of the court’s finding in his most recent letter to the court.ECF 274-p1IANAL, so I’m not sure of the correct legal term is for such a statement, but in engineering it would be referred to as bullshit. The court made no such finding. Here’s what Judge Hazel wrote.ECF 263-p34res_judicata_mugsJudge Hazel’s saying that the state law claims were outside of his jurisdiction and that he intended for the federal court to mind its own business is not the same thing as saying those claims are valid. Indeed, he expressed no opinion on the state law claims other than to note that they might be barred by “res judicata and/or collateral estoppel.” Meanwhile, Maryland Rule 2-101(b) allows a 30-day window to file the claims in a state court after the dismissal by a federal court for lack of jurisdiction. Time is up at close of business on Thursday. If TDPK does file something before the window closes, I look forward to using that suit as further evidence of his vexatiousness.

Tick, tock.

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Wishful thinking cannot bend Reality.

A Bit More About Rebekah Jones

I found this on her Twitter account this morning—Where to begin? I suppose I’ll just take it from the top.

<fisking>I don’t believe that Jones could find any libelous or defamatory statement about her at Hogewash! because both require an allegedly offending statement be false. I believe everything I have posted about her is true. If I have made a provable error, it is my policy to post a correction. I’ve done so in the past, and Jones may use the procedure found in The Fine Print to apply for a correction.

As for stalking or harassment, nothing posted at Hogewash! comes close to either. Additionally, past attempts to comment here in order to engage in stalking or harassment have been reported to law enforcement. Any attempts to stalk or harass Jones would be as well. As noted in The Fine Print, comments are the property of the persons making them, and the persons making them are solely responsible for their comments.

Stacy McCain’s Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day won’t be a harass-a-thon. Participants will be engaging in a “peaceable activity intended to express a political view or provide information to others.” Such activity is protected in multiple ways by Maryland and federal statute and case law, including MD Criminal Law § 3-803(b).

Yes, there are people who read this blog who believe they themselves are dangerous. Some of them live (or have lived) in Montgomery County. I’ve dealt with them before. That bunch of crazies would be ill advised to … nah, surely they’ve learned their lesson.

I doubt that Ms. Pushaw will ever go to trial on the patently defective charge of Failure to Comply with a Peace Order. My independent investigation of the facts and the legal advice I’ve received based on those facts lead me to conclude that the Montgomery State’s Attorney’s Office will drop the charge because Ms. Pushaw has an airtight defense. That’s what they did when I was falsely charged with cyberstalking.</fisking>

Stay tuned.

Rebekah Jones, Criminal Docket 2019

Yesterday, we took a look at the Leon County, Florida, civil case involving Rebekah Jones. Today, we’ll delve into a still ongoing criminal case.

As we saw yesterday, Jones was subjected to a stalking injunction because of her harassment of a former student (Garrett Sweeterman) with whom she had a sexual relationship. In July, 2019, she was charged with three misdemeanors (2019 MM 10894): Stalking, Stalking—Sexually Cyber Harass Another Person, and Stalking—Follow Harass Cyberstalk Another Person. The case is still open and has been consolidated on the first charge of Stalking.

Here is the charging affidavit filed by the Tallahassee Police Department. The redactions are in the publicly available version on the court’s website—

We’ll take a look at her 2020 record tomorrow as part of Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day.

Stay tuned.

Rebekah Jones, Civil Docket 2019

I mentioned in yesterday’s installment about Rebekah Jones’ trail of court cases that it might take more than one day to deal with the record for 2019. I’ve decided to look at the civil cases today. We’ll move on the the criminal cases tomorrow.

Yesterday’s post mentioned that Jones had been in an inappropriate relationship with an undergraduate student (Garrett Sweeterman) while she was an employee of and a PhD student at FSU. In May, 2019, she filed a paternity claim (2019 DR 001427) against Mr. Sweeterman which wound up being dismissed after a hearing in July. She also created a website to which she posted sexually explicit revenge porn about Sweeterman. In June. Sweeterman petitioned for a stalking injunction against Jones, and it was granted (2019 DR 001849).

Four days after the stalking injunction was granted, Jones filed a pro se lawsuit against Sweeterman (2019 CA 001553). Her complaint alleged emotional distress and defamation. The case was dismissed.

One of the exhibits Jones attached to her lawsuit was a copy of the 342-page “manifesto” she had published about Sweeterman. I found this on page 227.It would seem that she’s following that plan here in Maryland. She may be in for a surprise.

We’ll look at Jones’ criminal rap sheet for 2019 tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE—Remember that Stacy McCain has declared Thursday to be Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day.

NCC 1365

NGC 1365NGC 1365 is enormous. It is one of the largest galaxies known to astronomers—over 200,000 light-years across. This, plus the sharply defined bar of old stars across its structure is why it is also known as the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy. Astronomers believe that the Milky Way, which is only half as big, may look very similar to this galaxy. The bright centre of the galaxy is thought to be caused by huge amounts of superhot gas ejected from the ring of material circling a central black hole. Young luminous hot stars, born in the interstellar clouds, give the arms their blue color. The bar and spiral pattern rotates, with one full turn taking about 350 million years. NGC 1365 is about 61 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax (the Furnace).

Image Credit: ESO

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Kimberlin’s empr dot media website continues to muddle along, but almost all of the news stories seem to relate to the quasi-war between Ukraine and Russia and COVID in Ukraine. Both are reasonable stories to be tracking, but … well, I’ll need to do a bit more research before I say more.