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No “Safe Space” for a Pro-Life Lawyer

Robyn Keller was a successful lawyer, a retired partner with the power firm Hogan Lovells. She described how she was fired in a piece published by the Wall Street Journal.

After the Supreme Court issued its Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade in June, global law firm Hogan Lovells organized an online conference call for female employees. As a retired equity partner still actively serving clients, I was invited to participate in what was billed as a “safe space” for women at the firm to discuss the decision. It might have been a safe space for some, but it wasn’t safe for me.

After she express a reasoned support for the Dobbs decision, she was attacked as a racist.

Someone made a formal complaint to the firm. Later that day, Hogan Lovells suspended my contracts, cut off my contact with clients, removed me from email and document systems, and emailed all U.S. personnel saying that a forum participant had made “anti-Black comments” and was suspended pending an investigation. The firm also released a statement to the legal website Above the Law bemoaning the devastating impact my views had on participants in the forum—most of whom were lawyers participating in a call convened expressly for the purpose of discussing a controversial legal and political topic. Someone leaked my name to the press.

She filed her own complaint which the firm had investigated by an outside law firm. Her firing stuck.

[M]y contracts with the firm were terminated, and other firms, wary of the publicity, blackballed me—all after an unblemished 44-year career.

The response of the rabidly anti-Dobbs participants on the call wasn’t surprising. What was shocking, at least to me, was how eagerly Hogan Lovells kowtowed to a woke faction inside its workforce. Several women on the call—as well as male lawyers at the firm—contacted me later to offer private support for my right to express my views. Those former colleagues must now realize that they are in a hostile work environment. If this could happen to me, anyone who expresses a disfavored opinion—even on a matter of law—can expect the same treatment: immediate cancellation without concern for client interests, due process or fairness.

Hogan Lovells is the law firm providing pro bono representation to Brett Kimberlin in his latest attempt overturn his Speedway Bombing convictions.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Perhaps the stupidest lies Team Kimberlin ever told about one of their enemies were the anti-Semetic slurs aimed at Aaron Walker. This post from ten years ago today was about Team Kimberlin and Anti-Semitism.

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Stacy McCain has a post up about the nonsensical way Team Kimberlin and its enablers are using anti-Semitic slurs against Aaron Walker. Read the whole thing, but before you go, let me point out that Mr. Walker is not a Jew. Religiously, he’s a Presbyterian. Ethnically, his roots, like mine, are from the British Isles and Northern Europe. To paraphrase Disraeli, when Jews were serving as priests in the Temple of Solomon, our ancestors were roaming the woods of an undiscovered island.

Oh, one more thing. Anti-Semites are intellectual and moral scum.

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Intellectual and moral scum … yeah, Team Kimberlin would fit right in.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This episode of Blogsmoke first ran nine years ago today.

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ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!


ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)

JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.


I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Sam Brinton, the Biden Adminstration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition, the person in charge of managing nuclear waste, has been charged with felony theft in Minnesota.

Law enforcement at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport received a complaint of a missing suitcase in the baggage claim area on 16 September. Airport records confirmed the navy blue Vera Bradley roller bag arrived at 4:40 pm on that date. According to the criminal complaint, video surveillance footage from the baggage claim area showed Brinton removing a navy blue roller bag from carousel seven. The complaint states Brinton removed a luggage tag from the bag, placed the tag in a handbag he was carrying, and “left the area at a quick pace.” Brinton arrived at MSP Airport around 4:27 pm. on a flight from Washington, DC, but did not check a bag, so he had no reason to visit the baggage claim area.

Brinton is one the first “openly genderfluid” individuals in the senior management of the federal government.

UPDATE—Here’s the complaint

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This episode of Blogsmoke first ran eight years ago today.

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ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!


ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)

JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.


Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This Thanksgiving Day, I followed my usual practice of giving Team Kimberlin a day off. Eight years ago today we saw the Day Off Cancelled.

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I was going to give Team Kimberlin a day off for Thanksgiving, but circumstances alter cases. I went to bed very early last night, so the call that came in at 8:52 went to voicemail. I didn’t listen to it until I was drinking my coffee this morning.

Team Kimberlin are a bunch of cowards. I’ve been pointing that out since 2012. Threats and insults sent from spoofed IPs, sock puppetry on Twitter, and harassing phone calls sent from spoofed numbers are how these gutless wonders engage those of us who speak and write about them. (Note: It’s interesting that they use the phone harassment quite a bit here in Maryland which one of the states that does not allow voiceprint evidence to be used in court. OTOH, it can be admissible in federal court.)

Last night’s call was a real prize. I doubt that the person whose voice is on the call would actually show up at Hoge Manor for dinner today. He knows what the consequences would be, and, in spite of his ranting about cowards on Twitter, he doesn’t have the audacity required.

According to the caller ID data, the number spoofed belongs to someone I’ve never heard of in Columbia, Maryland and who happens to have a number on the same 596- exchange as my cell phone. Several other recent harassing calls have come from random 596- numbers. Other calls have IDed as from local Carroll County phones, including county government agencies. (Suggestions for Team Kimberlin: You might want to verify whose numbers you’re using. You also might want to google the name Joseph Curran.)

Team Kimberlin should consider these words from George Orwell: Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for.

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Team Kimberlin, and Brett Kimberlin in particular, have been deadbeats in paying off their debts. Interest, both financial and karmic, is accruing.