During the early stages of The
Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s campaign of lawfare against people who wrote truthfully about him and his activities, he was allowed to present testimony, but that came to a screeching halt during the appeal hearing for the peace order I sought against him in 2013. My lawyer informed the court of TDPK’s perjury conviction, and at that time, Maryland was the last state that still barred perjurers from testifying in court. Judge Stansfield did not allow him to testify at that hearing.
Kimberlin didn’t try to testify during the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. trial in 2014, but he did try to testify during the hearings related to the bogus peace order petition he filed against me in 2015. Neither Judge Williams nor Judge Creighton allowed him to testify. Of course, he lost both the lawsuit and the peace order petition.
During the 2016 session of the Maryland legislature, the state senator from Kimberlin’s district submitted a bill to repeal the ban on testimony by perjurers. It passed. The TKPOTD from three years ago was about that change in the law.
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Effective 1 October, Maryland’s ban on testimony from convicted perjurers will be repealed, and the Cabin Boy™ is celebrating.Worse news for The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin. This means that he can be called as a witness. Better still, it means he can be cross examined if he testifies on his own behalf.
UPDATE—The bill leading to the new law was introduced by the State Senator who represents the district where Kimberlin lives. I was aware of the bill and did not bother to lobby against it because the change will allow TDPK’s testimony to be compelled in a civil suit. (Of course, he still has a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, but invoking that in front of a jury …)
TDPK was aware of the change in the law when he moved to have the trial in the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit rescheduled to a date before 1 October. Apparently, short-circuiting discovery in that case was more important to him that being able to testify in his own defense.
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As a general rule in Maryland, convictions that are over 15 years old can’t be used to impeach the credibility of a witness. However, one of the exceptions to that rule is a conviction for perjury. So the net result of the change in the law is that Kimberlin can now be forced to either testify or invoke the Fifth Amendment—and the court still can be made aware that he’s a convicted liar. He’s had a couple of turns on the witness stand under the new rule, and that may be partially responsible for his apparent lack of enthusiasm for LOLsuits.
Not much has proceeded as he had imagined.