My decade of covering the doings of Team Kimberlin began because of Brett Kimberlin’s attempts to silence bloggers who were writing truthfully about him and to punish lawyers who helped defend those bloggers. Kimberlin’s attention became particularly focused on a blogger who was a lawyer, Aaron Walker. Kimberlin sought to shut him up with a bogus peace order which required Aaron to neither speak nor write about Kimberlin. Ten years ago today, I was able to report that Justice had prevailed when an emergency appeal resulted in a partial stay of the peace order eliminating its unconstitutional gag provisions. (The entire peace order was completely thrown out during a further appeal.)
That should have been the top story of the day, but that evening, the top story became BREAKING: Aaron Walker SWATted.
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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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What an amazing coincidence that Aaron was SWATted on the evening of the day he won that victory in court!
BTW, the judge who granted the unconstitutional restraint of Aaron’s speech was sanctioned by the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disables for his conduct in the case.