Bill Schmalfeldt has more of what seems to be terminal confusion about the difference between civil and criminal court cases on display.Actually, I don’t think the “RICO charges” will vanish because I don’t think that any such charges will ever exist. Being named in a civil suit is not the same thing as being charged with a crime.
Brett Kimberlin has filed a complaint in a U. S. District Court which alleges that a group of individuals and organizations conspired against him in a way that constituted a racketeering enterprise as defined under 18 USC 1961, et seq. As Ken White has noted, being named in a RICO suit by a pro se litigant is generally about as damning as being accused of a RICO violation by a street person who is off his meds.
Gentle Reader, take a look at one of the consequences of my being named as a defendant in Brett Kimberlin’s lawsuit. Yesterday, the traffic here at Hogewash! went through the roof. It was the biggest day I’ve ever had other than a couple of Instalanches. OK, part of that had to do with Bill Schmalfeldt’s losing in court, but traffic was twice what I was expecting from that. My best guess is that new readers were clicking in to find out about this William Hoge guy who has been bundled with the likes of Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson, and Michelle Malkin.
Yes, I will have to spend some time and a trivial amount of money getting the suit thrown out, but I may charge those costs to the advertising budget. It may be the best shot of publicity this blog has ever had.
UPDATE—The Cabin Boy has been contacting defendants in the RICO nonsense to get “your side of the story.” Stacy McCain gives him an earful.