Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin started his campaign of lawfare in an attempt silence his critics. He sought to use civil suits, peace orders, and false criminal complaints to punish those who reported on his past and ongoing activities and to intimidate others from writing about him as well.

There were several major defects in his plan. One flaw was the fact that court proceedings are matters of public record except when rarely sealed for a few very limited purposes. Thus, his LOLsuits became matters for public reporting and mockery. Six years ago, I reported that #BrettKimberlin Haz Sad because he couldn’t conceal his filings in the RICO Madness LOLsuit.

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After turning the stupid knob up to 11 12, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin sent a proposed sanctions motion to Michael Smith, the lawyer representing Michelle Malkin and Twitchy in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness. Now, he’s whining because his foolishness was made public. He seems particularly upset that Hogewash! posted a copy of his proposed sanctions motion.

It seems that TDPK has not yet realized that civil trials are conducted in public here in America and that he is not entitled to a secret Star Chamber proceeding against his intended victims. If TDPK can’t stand the heat, he should get out of the kitchen.

Tune in just after midnight for further commentary on TDPK’s latest filings.

UPDATE—Aaron Walker comments here.

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The Gentle Reader can find that further commentary here. I noted in that further commentary that “Brett Kimberlin had made a terrible mistake by suing my four codefendants and me in the state Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit. He doubled tripled quadrupled down on stupid when he upped the ante and sued my twenty codefendants and me in the RICO Madness.”

His biggest mistake was suing me. I’m not done with him yet.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


People who haven’t been following The Saga of The Dread Deadbeat Pirate/Pro-Se/Performer/Protestor/Protector/Publisher Kimberlin sometimes ask me to explain who he is and why I took an interest in him. I usually respond by asking them if they remember the federal prisoner who claimed to be Dan Quayle’s dope dealer. If they do, that provides a starting point for explaining TDPK’s weird story. If not, I begin by filling them in on the Speedway Bombings. More than one listener has assumed that I’m making the tale up as I go. Kimberlin himself has attempted to use the absurdity his life’s story as a way to imply that those of us who have told the truth about him must be lying. The TKPOTD from six years ago today dealt with one time he tried to make that claim.

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The Gentle Reader who has been following the Saga of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin and his vexatious lawsuits should not be surprised to find that TDPK has mischaracterized the arguments presented in the oppositions to his motion for a second amended complaint in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness. Here’s one of the tales he tries to spin in that reply.ECF 119-7Of course, it is true that by expanding his complaint with 60% more verbiage did not result in a short statement of the nature of his case. It is also true that he still doesn’t allege a sufficient set of facts upon which a claim for relief could be based. The defendants’ arguments are not incredible, but the facts upon which they are based are mind-bogglingly weird.

The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin was given an opportunity to clean up his complaint. Instead, he has doubled down on stupid.

#Fail

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Time and again, it’s Brett Kimberlin who’s been caught lying.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


This TKPOTD is from four years ago today. It provides a succinct summary of Brett Kimberlin’s lawfare campaign attempting to use the courts to suppress the First Amendment rights of his critics.

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One of the subjects of interest at this blog is the First Amendment. I got interested in Brett Kimberlin back in 2012 because of the unconstitutional gag order he was granted against Aaron Walker as part of a peace order. That struck me as an attack on Aaron’s First Amendment rights, and I wound up participating in the Everyone Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day blogburst. Because the hearings involved in the Kimberlin cases were within commuting distance of my home, I began attending them and writing about the various Kimberlin-related peace order petitions and lawsuits.

As a result, I became part of the story.

In late July, 2013, Brett Kimberlin filed a false criminal complaint against me accusing me of harassment. The charge was dropped by the Montgomery County State’s Attorney.

In late August, 2013, Brett Kimberlin sued Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, Kimberlin Unmasked, and me in Montgomery County Circuit Court alleging a wide array of torts, including defamation and false light invasion of privacy. In July, 2014, most of that case was dismissed on summary judgment. The next month, Aaron, Stacy, Ali, and I received a directed verdict in our favor when Kimberlin was unable to put on enough evidence to allow the remaining case to go to the jury. Kimberlin appealed to the Court of Special Appeals, and a three-judge panel upheld the Circuit Court’s finding in January, 2016. Kimberlin has asked an rehearing en banc by the entire Court of Special Appeals.

In October, 2013, Brett Kimberlin sued over twenty defendants, including me, in federal court alleging a RICO conspiracy and civil rights claims as well as a laundry list of state law torts. On 17 March, 2015, the federal claims were throw out, except for one claim against Patrick Frey. Kimberlin tried to appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, but he was turned away because the case was still ongoing in the lower court. The remnant portion of the case has been limping along, and discovery finally ended last Friday. Kimberlin has sought to subpoena information from me, but I was not properly served. However, I voluntarily let him have the responsive information that I had. Because he was disappointed with what he received, he filed a motion to have me sanctioned. That motion is still pending.

In March, 2015, Kimberlin filed a false peace order petition against me that alleged I had harassed Mrs. Kimberlin’s elder daughter. On 13 March, 2015, that petition was denied.

The following Monday, 16 March, 2015, Kimberlin filed his second RICO lawsuit, the so-called Team Themis suit, against almost twenty defendants. My name was tacked on the end. (This was great timing; the first RICO suit was dismissed the next day.) That lawsuit was dismissed last week.

On 15 April, 2015, Kimberlin filed another lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court which essentially was the state law claims from his first federal RICO suit alleged against most of the same defendants. Michelle Malkin, Twitchy, Breitbart, Glenn Beck, Mercury Radio Arts, and The Blaze were dismissed from the suit in September, 2015. Aaron Walker was dismissed in January, 2016. Dan Backer, DB Capitol Services, Lee Stranahan, and I were dismissed yesterday. Of the four remaining defendants, Patrick Frey, Ali Akbar, and National Bloggers Club remain unserved, and Mandy Nagy is incompetent to defend herself following a devastating stroke.

Kimberlin appealed the denial of his bogus peace order petition, and his appeal was denied after a hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court on 14 May, 2015.

A few days later, acting through his wife, Kimberlin filed a false criminal complaint based on the allegations in his peace order petition. In June, 2015, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney dropped the charge for lack of evidence.

So where are the cases now.

The peace orders and criminal charges are done.

The first state lawsuit has failed on appeal, and it’s unlikely that the Court of Special Appeals will bother with an en banc hearing and even more unlikely that the Court of Appeal (Maryland’s highest court) would grant a petition for certiorari and take the case.

The first RICO case isn’t over in the District Court and can’t be appealed until the claim against Patrick Frey is adjudicated there.

The second RICO is in now toast in the District Court. I expect that Kimberlin will file an appeal with the Fourth Circuit in a few days.

The second state lawsuit isn’t over yet either, and it can’t be appealed until the claims against the remaining four defendants are resolved.

So, for now, Patrick Ostronic, my pro bono attorney in the state cases, will be watching the Court of Special Appeals for a decision on an further hearing, and I’m lining up legal resources to deal with the expected appeal in RICO 2. And we shall see how Judge Hazel rules on that sanctions motion. Meanwhile, it’s become abundantly clear that the Rauhauser/Kimberlin strategy of on-the-cheap pro se litigation has backfired.

We’re dealing with people who have likely had no interaction with the court system beyond a traffic ticket; the potential for a pro se litigant to force them into expensive, long distance, lengthy, discovery laden litigation doesn’t seem to cross their minds.

—Neal Rauhauser, quoted by Stacy McCain.

Kimberlin now overlooks at his own risk the potential for a group of defendants, some with excellent legal resources, dedicated to the First Amendment to push back against his lawfare. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll begin to understand the potential costs of taking on dedicated pro se defendants with time and resources.

#Loser

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Loser indeed. Not only did The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin wind up losing all those cases and their appeals, he wound up having appeals court costs taxed to himself and getting sanctioned for frivolously including me as an appellee in one of the appeals. Oh, and he lost his RICO 3 Lolsuit that he filed agains Breitbart Holdings, Steve Bannon, and a long list of other defendants when it was dismissed sua sponte by the District Court. His LOLsuit against Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley was also dismissed sua sponte, and he lost all the appeals related to those case.

Everything proceeded as I had foreseen.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


As I’ve noted of late, March is full on anniversaries of the failure of Brett Kimberlin’s LOLsuits. Three years ago today this post ran In Re RICO Madness.

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Judge Hazel has issued his order ending the RICO Madness.

The case is now Kimberlin v. Frey, and the judge is moving it along to the next phase.

Although I am no longer a part of the lawsuit, the Gentle Reader should expect that Hogewash! will continue to provide close coverage of the case.

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It’s almost as if Brett Kimberlin has his own March Madness.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Gentle Reader who has spent a bit of time here at Hogewash! has probably noticed a couple of recurring themes—support for the Second Amendment and pointage, lagughery, and mockification of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s legal filings. Six years ago today, the TKPOTD was about a Second Amendment that I couldn’t support.

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It’s amazing. Brett Kimberlin has managed to come up with a Second Amendment that I oppose.

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TDPK’s court papers are filled with facts and the law; they’re really poorly crafted fiction.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the benefits of following The Saga of Team Kimberlin has been the friendships that I have developed with my various codefendants, some of whom I got to know before we were sued and I was simply covering the First-Amendment-related story of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s use of lawfare to punish people who told the truth about him. Stacy McCain is one of those friends, and the TKPOTD from four years ago today dealt with TDPK’s foolish attempts to out-crazy Stacy.

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Back in June of 2014, Judge Hazel ordered The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin to serve copies of the Second Amended Complaint in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness on all the defendants. He never bothered to serve Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, the National Bloggers Club, or me during the 120 days allowed for service.

Aaron and I have been proactively engaging with TPDK and his court filings. Stacy elected to wait until he was served with the intention of responding within the 14 day window after service. TDPK never served him, so Stacy never responded.

popcorn4bkBrett Kimberlin tired to outcrazy Stacy McCain while he had him on the witness stand during the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. trial. He failed miserably, but he didn’t learn his lesson.

He’s now seeking a default judgment against Stacy when, as Stacy so ably put it “Plaintiff hasn’t even bothered to provide a bad forgery of such alleged service.” Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) failure to serve within 120 day is grounds for mandatory dismissal. Also, TDPK was ordered by the Court to effect service. Failure to obey that order is grounds for dismissal under Rule 41(b).

All TDPK had to do was mail Stacy a copy of the SAC.

All Stacy had to do was wait.

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Going after Stacy was clearly more that Kimberlin could handle, and TDPK dropped Stacy as a defendant in Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. (II), the state RICO Retread LOLsuit.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the things that trips up Brett Kimberlin time and again is his inattention to details. The TKPOTD from five years ago cites one example.

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Here’re the damages that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is seeking in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.ECF 135-DamagesThere are several things wrong with that. First, consequential damages are awarded for the failure of a party to meet a contractual obligation. I have never entered into any contract with Brett Kimberlin, and, so far as I know, neither have any of my co-defendants. Even if he could prove his case, he wouldn’t be entitled to consequential damages.

The really big screw up is in the amount of money sought. Take a close look at the decimal point in the amount claimed. It reads, “two comma zero zero zero point zero zero zero.” That’s only two thousand bucks.

#AFewBoltsShyOfAYugo

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Upon reflection, comparing Brett Kimberlin to a Yugo is unfair, and I herby apologize to Yugo.