This is, of course, thoroughly, totally, and utterly wrong. At least, the Supreme Court thinks so. In Walker v. City of Birmingham, 388 U.S. 307 (1967), the Supreme Court held that
[p]etitioners could not bypass orderly judicial review of the temporary injunction before disobeying it.
In doing so it reaffirmed its earlier ruling in Howat v. Kansas, 258 U.S. 181, a case from the 1920s. Simply put, the way to deal with a bad court order is to appeal it not to violate it.
The gag order against Roger Shuler is
probably certainly unconstitutional. However, he has the obligation to obey it until it is overturned. The gag order issued against Aaron Walker last year was unconstitutional, and it was overturned when reviewed by a higher court, but he still had to obey it in the interim. Shuler did not obey, and the judge is enforcing his order.
Exit question: If Aaron Walker had answered one of Schmalfeldt’s many questions seeking comment on Brett Kimberlin while the gag order was in place and that had resulted in his being jailed, would the Cabin Boy have risen to Aaron Walker’s defense as he has for Shuler?