Six years ago today, I was able to report one of the first bits of Justice in the Saga of Team Kimberlin.
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Today was a good day for the First Amendment in Montgomery County, Maryland. Aaron Walker’s lawyer won an emergency motion for a partial stay on
Brett Kimberlin’s Lord Voldemort’s peace order prohibiting Mr. Walker from blogging about the Dark Lord. Here’s a copy of the court order. You will also find a set of requests from Mr. Walker concerning avoiding further claims of harassment from Voldemort. Please abide by them.
Congratulations, Mr. Walker, and thank you for standing up for the right of all of us to blog truthfully.
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Unfortunately, that was not the only news to report that day.
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Patterico reports that Aaron Walker was SWATted at around 6 pm ET this evening.
UPDATE—Breitbart has more info here.
Walker told Breitbart News that he was home with his wife this evening at approximately 6:00pm when there was a “pretty insistent” knock at his door. Walker answered to find about six police cars in the street and two officers taking positions against the wall with M4 rifles. Since he was aware of the previous swattings of Patrick “Patterico” Frey, Erick Erickson, and Mike Stack, Mr. Walker asked the police if someone had called and claimed he had killed his wife, and police confirmed that that was the case.
UPDATE 2—Still more at The Camp of the Saints. Apparently, someone is also trying to cause trouble for one of Aaron Walker’s lawyers.
UPDATE 3—Stacy McCain says:
Memo to The Washington Post: This is now what they call “local news.” Get on it.
Don’t hold your breath, Mr. McCain.
UPDATE 4—Aaron Walker posts What Happened Tonight.
One of the officers tonight asked me why I keep talking about Brett Kimberlin if it brings on this kind of trouble. It’s because Freedom of Expression is something I don’t just believe in, but I defend. And this threat to Freedom of Expression needs to be defeated. It is that simple.
When my wife was steadier, and our bellies were full, I opened up my computer again there were 720 new contacts of some kind in my twitter. That was the level of love and support out there. I am just stubborn enough not to need anyone’s prayers or support to see this through, but it’s nice to feel the love. So many perfect strangers tell me they are praying for me—although they are becoming less like strangers every day.
Finally, if anyone from the Washington Post or any other newspaper wants to talk to me, I’ll talk. I’ll give you an earful.
So the bottom line is that thanks in significant part to the Prince William County Police, who handled this with the right sweet spot between concern that a crime might be occurring, and caution, recognizing it might be a hoax, my wife and I are safe. A little shaken up, but determined to fight on.
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Some people believe in coincidences. The Gentle Reader may form his own opinion.