One of the false narratives that The
Dread Deadbeat Prevaricator Kimberlin spun in the aftermath of Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day was that he received “threats” as a result of the light shone on his lawfare and harassment of bloggers. This post titled Kimberlin Alleges Threats ran seven years ago today.
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Kevin Zeese, a lawyer representing Velvet Revolution (one of Brett Kimberlin’s not-for-profits), has sent letters to Ali Akbar and two other bloggers demanding that they “preserve all documents” relating to the recent blogburst. According The Examiner, Mr. Zeese alleged that Brett Kimberlin and his associates have received “countless death threats” as a result of the blogburst. The post states that Mr. Zeese was unwilling to describe what sort of threats were received or provide any documentation of any threats.
IANAL, but if I were, I’d be inclined to advise a client such as Mr. Kimberlin that filing a lawsuit opens up a discovery process that works both ways. There are folks hoping to be sued by Mr. Kimberlin so that they can get him answering questions under oath.
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Kevin Zeese is a lawyer licensed practice in DC only. He’s a failed Green Party candidate for Senator from Maryland and served in the Green Party’s shadow cabinet as Attorney General. His bio talks a lot about the cases he has litigated in support of progressive causes, but doesn’t seem to mention any that he’s won.
Shadow Attorney General Zeese is a loser. His bio over at the Green Shadow Cabinet seems to revel in his defeats.
He sued the DEA over medical marijuana and lost. He ran for Senate in Maryland and lost. He filed complaints against organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads and lost. He organized Occupy DC, which wound up fizzling. He has filed numerous bar complaints against other lawyers, most notably against Justice Clarence Thomas, that have gone nowhere.
Speaking of bar complaints, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, Mr. Zeese.
How does an attorney whose license to practice is suspended make a living? One possibility would be lots of part-time jobs.
Here are a few of organizations for which Kevin Zeese “works.” The websites shown in the table list Mr. Zeese’s affiliations the organizations.Hmmmm. The usual suspect organizations.
Here’s an interesting tidbit from one of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s filings in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.
I looked up that lawsuit on PACER and read the motion for summary judgment that TDPK wrote about. In a declaration that accompanies the motion, Kevin Zeese declared on 28 July, 2014, the following under penalty of perjury:
The complaint filed in the Public Citizen, et al. v. FEC lawsuit, gives ProtectOurElections.org’s address as a post office box in DC.That organization is actually nothing more than a back burner project of VelvetRevolution.US, and it probably operates out of the 79th Place address in Cabin John, Maryland, or Mrs. Kimberlin’s basement in Bethesda.
Note that Mr. Zeese says that he’s an attorney with an entity that operates in DC and/or Maryland. According to the state’s list of attorneys licensed to practice in Maryland, Kevin Zeese is not shown as a member of the bar in that state. Additionally, his license is shown as suspended in DC.Hmmmmmm.
According to paperwork filed with the IRS, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s not-for-profits spent $34,625 on legal expenses in 2012.
This is from page 10 of the Form 990 filed by Justice Through Music Project.This is from the Schedule O attached to the Form 990-EZ filed by Velvet Revolution US.The only lawsuit involving those entities was Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. which was dismissed shortly after the not-for-profits were added as parties. Furthermore, they were represented in the matter by Jeffrey Cohen, the Executive Director of both organizations. Even if he billed for his services and all the expense was borne by JTMP, it would be unlikely that his fees would have justifiably amounted to over $11,000.
The only other “legal” activity during 2012 seems to be some frivolous bar complaints filed on behalf of VRUS by Kevin Zeese. Again, the apparent level of effort for that work does not go a long way in explaining over $23,000 in expense.
‘Tis a puzzlement.
Yes, my counsel of record in the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. lawsuit is pro bono. So are all the members of the team of lawyers from around the country backing him up. (The Popehat Signal is a marvelous thing. Thanks, Ken.) They are lawyers from across the political spectrum with a dedication to the First Amendment who see it as a civic and professional duty to defend it against such egregious attacks as Kimberlin’s.
Half-assed? I don’t think so, but a one-percent-assed effort by the assembled team would probably be sufficient to overcome Kimberlin’s pitiful suit.
Definitely lose? Badly? Well, we will see who winds up owing whom. Even a dismissal could leave Brett Kimberlin responsible for costs and my expenses and legal fees. Legal fees? Yes, legal fees. My lawyer is pro bono for me but not for Kimberlin. Legal fees.
AFTERWORD—Bill Schmalfeldt seems to think that there is some significance to the fact that my lawyer is not a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, a voluntary organization. Membership in that organization should not be confused with being admitted to practice law in Maryland. I wonder if the Cabin Boy is aware that the two Maryland lawyers who are on the board of Velvet Revolution US, Jeffery R. Cohen and Kevin Zeese, also chose not to belong to the Maryland State Bar Association? The Cabin Boy has also noticed that my lawyer is also a CPA. Trust me, Gentle Reader; that’s going to be a plus.
The Gentle Reader should not be surprised to learn that various people associated with Brett Kimberlin “charities” have common interests. Consider marijuana.
Brett Kimberlin pleaded guilty after being caught trying to receive a 5+ ton shipment of Columbian pot.
Kevin Zeese was with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws as Chief Counsel from 1980 to 1983 (his first job after law school?) and as Executive Director from 1983 to 1986.