Welcome to Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day Mark II. Lee Stranahan organized the first EBABKD was on 25 May, 2012. The proximate cause of that first blogburst was Kimberlin’s use of the Maryland courts to attack the First Amendment rights of a lawyer who had the temerity to offer legal assistance to a blogger Kimberlin was suing for defamation. Kimberlin’s inept attempt at shutuppery wound up placing him in a spotlight on the blogosphere. Over 150 blogs participated in that first EBABKD, and Kimberlin’s attempt at lawfare backfired, generating one of the best examples of the Streisand Effect ever seen.
Gentle Reader, if you’re tuning in for the first time, allow me to use this post to introduce Brett Kimberlin to you. Brett Kimberlin is a failure; he has failed at almost everything he’s tried.
He got into drug dealing as teenager, and my sources tell me that for a while he was involved in the wholesale LSD trade. The feds weren’t able to bust him for that, but they did get him for lying to a grand jury about a couple of his customers, and he did a short stretch for perjury before he turned 20. He was a felon while still a teenager.
He them moved on to importing marijuana, and one of his grandiose schemes resulted in his getting busted with over 5 tons of dope in South Texas. Around the same time, he also perpetrated the Speedway Bombings in an apparent attempt to deflect police attention from a murder investigation. After a series of trials, he was convicted and sentenced to over 51 years in federal prison. The offenses he was convicted of include Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, Illegal Use of DoD Insignia, Illegal Use of the Presidential Seal, Impersonating a Federal Officer, Receipt of Explosives by a Convicted Felon, Possession/Manufacture of a Destructive Device, and Malicious Damage by Explosives Involving Personal Injury,
Just before the election in 1988, he claimed to have been Dan Quayle’s dope dealer. Even with coverage from the likes of NPR, he didn’t have much impact on that election. However, Doonesbury picked up the claim in 1992 and ran with it. After the ’92 election, journalist Mark Singer spent years investigating Kimberlin’s claims. The result was an authorized biography, Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin. Singer concluded that Kimberlin had lied about being Quayle’s connection.
Kimberlin was one of the last people convicted before the Truth in Sentencing law passed, so he became eligible for parole in 1994. When he got out of prison, he settled in Maryland and began to set up business deals with Ukrainian interests. While in Ukraine, he met a young (14 year old) girl on the beach on the Sea of Azov. He brought her over to the U.S., when she was 15 and married her when she was 16 using a forged birth certificate. The legal age for marriage in Maryland is 18.
About that same time his parole was revoked. One of the conditions of his parole was that he begin to make restitution a victim of one of his bombings, and he failed to do so. He was also caught lying on a mortgage application. Kimberlin was ordered to prison for two more years.
When he was released four years later (yes, it took him four years to do two), he had added one more failure to his list. Congress had passed a law prohibiting prisoners from using electronic instruments except for religious services, and Kimberlin sued the Bureau of Prisons because he wanted to use an electric guitar to compose music. He lost that lawsuit.
When Kimberlin got out the second time, he set up shop in Maryland again. He tried to get a career started in music, fronting a band called Epoxy that released a CD titled Nothing Else. The album bombed.
He also started a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit called Justice Through Music Project that has spent several million dollars in donations accomplishing essential nothing. He fronted a band called Op-Critical that was related to JTMP, but the best that can be said for that group’s work is that their fan base has become … um … more selective.
He also started a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit called VelvetRevolution.US in partnership with west coast activist Brad Friedman. For most of its life, VRUS tried to attract attention with stunts such as offering $100,000 reward for “proof” of vote fraud. The last IRS Form 990 filed by VRUS showed that is was essentially broke. In 2017, Kimberlin change the entities name to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc. We’ll get to EMPR in a bit. BTW, Kimberlin hasn’t kept up with the paperwork for Protect Our Elections/EMPR, and the IRS has revoked the entities 501(c)(4) status.
Kimberlin kept his nose more or less clean and was released from supervised parole in 2006. His sentence expires in 2030.
In 2010, Kimberlin sued leftwing blogger Seth Allen for defamation. By playing games with service of process, Kimberlin was able to get a default judgment against Allen in a Maryland court. However, Kimberlin’s case was so shoddy that the judge only awarded $100 in damages rather than the $2,000,000+ Kimberlin sought. Several lawyers offered Allen legal help, and Kimberlin set his sights on the one closest by, a Virginia lawyer named Aaron Walker.
In the process of going after Aaron Walker, Kimberlin managed to get a Maryland District Court judge to issue a blatantly unconstitutional gag order against Walker as a part of a peace order. That had the effect of alerting the blogosphere to Kimberlin’s shenanigans, resulting in the first Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.
That unconstitutional gag order was overturned during an interim hearing in the Circuit Court and the peace order itself was overturned on appeal. Because I live nearby, I attended the appeal hearing and wrote about it here at Hogewash!. Attending that hearing had two results for me. First, I met Aaron Walker who has become a close friend. Second, it got me in Kimberlin sights.
Since then, I’ve received a SWATting threat, been sued eight times (four times by Kimberlin and four times by his associate Bill Schmalfeldt), been subject to a peace order petition, and been subjected to two sets of state criminal charges. I won all eight lawsuits, the peace order petition was denied, and the Montgomery County States Attorney’s Office dropped the criminal charges because there was no evidence to support them. I work as a contractor for a federal agency, and all I can say about the investigations I was made aware of is that I did not wind up as the target in either case.
I’m not the only person Kimberlin has sued. I’ve had over 40 codefendants spread among his various lawsuits, and I haven’t been a party to all of his legal actions. For example, he sued Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley because they weren’t moving the Merrick Garland nomination to the Supreme Court through the Senate. That suit was thrown out for lack of standing. In fact, only one of the cases he’s filed since 2012 made it to trial, and the judge in that case gave us defendants a direct verdict in our favor after Kimberlin rested his case because he had present no evidence to support his claims. None of his other cases got past a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim—if they got that far.
Gentle Reader, are you starting to see a pattern of failure?
Let’s get back to EMPR. Kimberlin has maintained his interest in Ukraine. There’s a website called empr dot media. EMPR stands for EuroMaidan Public Relations, and the site is an English-language Ukrainian news outlet. Its About page says that it was founded, in part, by support from Justice Through Music Project, and it’s hosted on the same server as another Kimberlin-related website breitbartunmasked dot com.
Kimberlin has other Ukrainian connections. He has worked with DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa. She stated on FaceBook that she had been working in 2016 with federal government contractors on election hacking, and in October, 2016, Kimberlin testified under oath that he and his associates were working on election cyber security with the Department of Justice. Kimberlin had previously claimed in court documents that Justice Through Music Project had been a State Department contractor.
In early 2017, Kimberlin got his name in the papers again when it was reported that he was the source of the money that paid for bogus financial documents intended to smear members of the Trump Administration. BTW, Kimberlin was caught forging evidence in at least two of the lawsuits he’s filed since 2012.
Kimberlin desperately wants to be a player. However, not only does he fail to come up with the ante to get into the real game, he keeps thinking he can bluff with an obvious bust hand.
Failing failures gotta fail.
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These are only a few small slices of the Kimberlin story. There much more to tell. Much of it is ludicrous, and over the years, I’ve tried to expose him to some much deserved ridicule. But much of it is shameful. I’ve had to report on his stalking a woman in a court parking lot, his lawsuits against a stroke victim who could not defend herself in court, his … oh, the list goes on and on.
Scroll through the blog if you want to know more.
And thanks for stopping by.