I was present for the hearing in the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance suit this morning. The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin decided to call William Hoge as a witness. Since my son had accompanied me this morning, he asked TDPK to specify which William Hoge he meant. When Kimberlin specified, “the elder,” I went to the stand and was sworn in.
The hearing related to whether the court could establish personal jurisdiction over Ali Akbar, and it turned on how much connection Ali had to Maryland. (Ali is a resident of Texas.)
Ali has been one of the organizers of BlogBash, a bloggers’ social event held each year along with CPAC. For the past two years, CPAC (and BlogBash) have been held in Maryland. Kimberlin asked about BlogBash 2013 and 2014. I answered truthfully that I had met Ali in 2013 at CPAC and that I had participated in BlogBash in both 2013 and 2014. I answered that, no, I was not nominated for an award in 2013, but, yes, I was nominated in 2014.
I answered that, yes, Ali and I both participated in the fund raising blog Bomber Sues Bloggers. I answered that, no, Ali was not involved in Tetyana’s Fund, the legal fund for Mrs. Kimberlin’s defense against a protective order petition filed by her husband, but that I was the sole organizer of that fund.
Aside: On cross examination, my lawyer asked why our defense fund was named Bomber Sues Bloggers. TDPK immediately objected, and the vehemence of his objection made my lawyer’s point better than my answer might have.
I answered that, yes, I had seen Ali at hearing in a District Courthouse in Maryland.
I answered that, no, I had not received any money from the Bomber Sues Bloggers fund and that I was not aware of anything being paid to a third party for my benefit.
I also answered a few questions about how Twitter works.
And that’s the story of my testimony.