Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

judge_johnsonDuring the preliminary matters of the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. trial, there was an extended discussion of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s criminal past that might have bearing on the case. Near the end of the first day’s session, Judge Johnson brought up the topic of jury instructions.

THE COURT: Now, there are no non-pattern jury instructions, are there?

MR. OSTRONIC: Not from the defense side, Your Honor.

MR. KIMBERLIN: Not that I know of.

THE COURT: They’re normal Maryland civil pattern jury instructions.

MR. KIMBERLIN: And we listed those I believe in our pre-trial.

THE COURT: You did list them in your pre-trial statements. Is there any other ticking time bomb — well, that’s a wrong metaphor. Are there any issues laying out there that are going to come up that you can envision?

MR. KIMBERLIN: I don’t think so.

THE COURT: Sometimes we have to be very careful in our selection of metaphors. I always call counsel to task when they tell me about black sheep in the family. I like black sheep. All right.

I hate to disagree with a judge who ruled in my favor, but I thought his metaphor was quite appropriate.

6 thoughts on “Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


  1. I once saw Ted Kennedy use the “we’ll cross that bridge…” cliche in a committee meeting. I think I saw a chuckle.
    Good to know the judge was aware of the background of Mr. Kimberlin. Who knows a lot about time bombs.

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