One of the lies that Brett Kimberlin included in several of his court filings was that I created the Everybody Blog About The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office Day in order to harass that office. Even if his claim had been true, it had nothing to do with any of actual claims in any of his LOLsuits. Indeed, when he tried to bring the matter up during the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. trial, Judge Johnson granted my lawyer’s objection and told Kimberlin it had nothing to do with that case. I posted A Clarification of #BlogHoCoSAO nine years ago today.
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While the triggering events that brought about the idea for the Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office blogburst on 8 April had to do with the antics of Team Kimberlin, the event itself has nothing to do with them per se. Rather, it is about the apparent unwillingness of law enforcement in that county to do it’s job.
If you’re so concerned for your safety, stay out of Maryland
Stay off the Internet if you don’t want to be harassed.
seem like irresponsible things for a prosecutor to say. A resident of Virginia such as Mrs. Walker should be able to travel to Maryland and enjoy the equal protection of our laws. (I say, “our laws,” because I’m a resident of Maryland.) Of course, that may be what she was receiving. Given some of the things that have happened over the past few weeks, it’s not unreasonable to wonder whether a Maryland resident would not have received similar treatment.
Similarly, it is unreasonable to suggest that someone must stay off the Internet in order to avoid harassment. The web is this century’s equivalent of the public square. The sort of vile behavior that the Stranahan and Walker families have suffered would not have been allowed in a public space by our grandparents. Why is it permissible in the public space of the Internet today? But, again, given what’s been happening in Howard County over the past few weeks, it’s not an off-the-wall to question to ask whether a local resident would have been treated any differently than these families from Texas and Virginia.
So I encourage folks to contact Howard County State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino and ask the sort of questions suggested here, and I encourage bloggers and blog commenters to post and tweet their findings and commentary on 8 April.
I look forward to seeing how the blogosphere will cover this issue.
I’ll stay tuned.
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BTW, the Assistant State’s Attorney who treated the Walker’s so poorly latter tried to become a judge in Maryland. The governor appointed someone else.