Brett Kimberlin sued Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, Kimberlin Unmasked, and me in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. His initial complaint was a laundry list of torts and several other bizarre claims that sought $1,000,000 in damages. Yesterday, he lost his case with respect to Aaron, Stacy, Ali, and me. Technically, the suit still survives against the two individuals that Kimberlin is currently accusing of being Kimberlin Unmasked, but based on what developed at this week’s trial, their defense would appear to be pretty solid and straightforward. Brett Kimberlin would be wise to drop his case against them.
Now that we’ve won, I’m going to tell you my side of the case. It’s a long and complicated story, requiring many posts.
During the first weekend of July, 2013, I got an email from a reader who had seen in the Maryland Judiciary Case Search database that Brett Kimberlin had filed for a protective order against his wife and had filed criminal charges against another individual. Maryland has two types of what are called “restraining orders” in other states. Peace orders are issued between unrelated persons. Protective orders are issued among family members, roommates, or other persons with close relationships. Given The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s history of seeking peace orders against the likes of Aaron Walker and John Norton, I wondered why he was seeking an order against his wife. So the following Monday, Aaron Walker and I went to one of District Courthouses in Montgomery County and witnessed the hearing.
I won’t rehearse all the details, but over the next few days, Mrs. Kimberlin approached me, and Aaron and I wound up helping her with her legal problems related to her husband. Shortly afterwards, TDPK sued us. One of the claims for defamation that he made was based on the fact that I suggested that Brett Kimberlin might be a pedophile. That suggestion was made after he had been charged with sexual offense in the third degree. While the State didn’t take the charges to trial, I believe Mrs. Kimberlin’s story.
In order to prove a defamation case in Maryland, the plaintiff must prove that what the defendant said or wrote was false. Brett Kimberlin could not do that. After putting his older daughter, Aaron, Ali, Stacy, and me on the stand, he had produced no evidence of falsity. He had no case. With the jury sent out of the courtroom, Judge Johnson incredulously asked him, “Is it your theory that you can come into court and say, “I was defamed,” and rest your case?” Because TDPK had offered no evidence for the jury to consider in its deliberation, the judge ruled that there was no case, and gave a verdict in favor of the Aaron, Stacy, Ali, and me as a matter of law.
The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin filed his suit on 30 August, 2013. He lost on 12 August, 2014. That makes 347 days that we defendants were subject to his vexatious nonsense. All that has cost TDPK is a sanction award of $600 to our lawyer—which he now late in paying. Or so he may think.
UPDATE—During her testimony, Miss Kimberlin was very supportive of her father. However, as the judge noted, being a good father would not disprove what we wrote about him.