Cabin Boy Bill has posted what appears to be the text of an email to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office about Aaron Walker. In describing Aaron Walker’s presence at the three recent hearing in the two Hoge v. Schmalfeldt peace order cases, Schmalfeldt writes:
Walker sat right at Hoge’s side through all of this.
That is not true. At both of the District Court hearings (28 February and 29 March), I represented myself. I was alone at the Petitioner’s table in the courtroom. Mr. Walker was sitting in the public gallery. He was there for two purposes. First, although it turned out that his testimony was not necessary, he was a potential witness. Second, he was there in order to be able to blog about what he saw. The Gentle Reader will notice that from the time I filed a complaint against Bill Schmalfeldt until I won the case in Circuit Court, I refrained from making any substantive comment about matters concerning the two of us that were before the courts. Just as I had written about Aaron’s cases last year, he has written about mine this year.
Aaron Walker was also present during the Hoge v. Schmalfeldt appeal in Circuit Court this month. He was there for the same two reasons. I was ably represent by Zoa Barnes at that hearing, and I sat with her at the Petitioner’s table. Aaron sat near the back of the courtroom on the opposite side from where Brett Kimberlin sat.
In one sense, my friend Aaron Walker has been at my side through all this nonsense with Bill Schmalfeldt. More important, he’s had my back. And so have a lot of other people—if I tried to name them all, I’d probably screw up and forget some of them, but they know who they are. I want to thank all of them.
Schmalfeldt is not only a liar, he’s a loser. The Circuit Court reversed the findings of the District Court in the first Hoge v. Schmalfeldt peace order case. In throwing out Schmalfeldt’s Motion of Dismiss, it effectively ruled that the District Court erred in it’s dismissal of the second peace order case. (I didn’t appeal that case because I felt certain of winning the appeal of the first. Why go to the expense of a redundant peace order appeal?) The Circuit Court found that Schmalfeldt did, in fact, engage in the harassment underlying the peace order petition. The related criminal charges were nolle prossed by the State’s Attorney’s Office. Nolle prosequi is not an adjudication on the merits of the prosecution or on the guilt or innocence of the accused. It isn’t a guarantee that the defendant will not be later recharged. Indeed, prosecutors use nolle prosequi instead of outright dismissals so that a defendant may be recharged without running afoul of a double jeopardy claim. Schmalfeldt has never been found not guilty; he has only temporarily beaten the rap. Now that a higher court has found that Schmalfeldt engaged in harassment, the State’s Attorney could recharge him with a reasonable expectation of getting a conviction in the District Court.
Bill Schmalfeldt is huffing and puffing about legal action again. Before he brings a lawsuit against anyone, he should consider that a plaintiff who does not cooperate with the discovery process can expect to have his case dismissed with prejudice.
He can huff and puff all he pleases. If he’ll look at the pictures of my house he downloaded, he’ll see that I’m the one who lives in a house made of bricks.
UPDATE—Any decision to recharge Bill Schmalfeldt is a matter for the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. Their decision to nolle pros the cases was based on the failure of the related peace order petitions in the District Court where the same judges would try the criminal cases. I was told that a successful appeal might lead them to reevaluate the cases.
My appeal was successful. The State’s Attorney’s Office has the option of refiling some or all of the charges.
I am gratified to know that the Cabin Boy intends to share this post with the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, but I don’t understand why. This post documents one of the falsehoods that he uses to try to establish that Aaron Walker has practiced law in Maryland. That may tend to diminish his credibility with the State’s Attorney’s Office. Moreover, it’s one thing to have a hazy recollection of a past event, but it’s quite another to get a whole story substantially wrong. There’s enough provably false material in his email that the Cabin Boy may have bought himself some trouble. See Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 9-503. The idea that Aaron Walker was practicing law in Maryland in the Kimberlin v. Allen case was also part of a accusation Brett Kimberlin made in a bar complaint in Virginia last year. I’ll bet that the Virginia State Bar will be willing to share their findings with their Maryland colleagues. They found the complaint to be baseless.
I’ll also point out that a Circuit Court has found that he has engaged in harassment. If memory serves, the Howard County charges against Schmalfeldt were nolle prossed as well. Is he trying to get the Howard County State’s Attorney to reexamine the complaints by Lee Stranahan and Aaron Walker in light of the Carroll County finding?
As to a malicious prosecution lawsuit such as the Cabin Boy has mentioned, one of the elements he would have to prove is a lack of probable cause in the criminal cases. The Circuit Court’s finding that he engaged in harassment would support that I had probable cause to believe that he was engaged in harassing me by various means. Wouldn’t that gut any potential case?