Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

It was five years ago today that I first met Aaron Walker. It was in the lobby of the Montgomery County Circuit Courthouse. I was there to cover a peace order hearing for this blog. Brett Kimberlin has sought the peace order against Aaron in order to silence Aaron’s reporting truthful things about Kimberlin and his past and present activities. The bogus peace order was overturned at that hearing.

Yes, it’s been five years.

During that time, Kimberlin has tried to use lawsuits to silence those who have reported on him. The first suit named Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, Kimberlin Unmasked, and me. Subsequent suits included us and over 40 other co-defendants. Someone referred to Kimberlin’s legal tactics as brass knuckles reputation management. He was surprised when we defendants punched back, some of us more than twice as hard. The result of his legal follies has been the Streisand Effect on steroids.

The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s alleged day job is Director of a not-for-profit called Justice Through Music Project which (according to its corporate charter) supposedly exists “to shed light on some of the injustices in the world through the power of music.” As part of that … um … effort, he runs the website jtmp dot org. That site has never hand much impact on the Interwebz. For example, none of its posts ever seem to generate comments.

The JTMP has always had fairly low traffic, but it has been losing even more ground recently. As of mid morning yesterday, its Alexa ranking was 13,392,452 which was even lower than brieitbitnews dot com’s 10,923,356.

For comparison, The Other McCain has an Alexa ranking of 367,126, and Hogewash! comes in at 369,796. The First Amendment is winning.

Meanwhile, it’s T-minus 9 days and counting in the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Gentle Reader, do you ever wonder what the Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin does when he isn’t involved in vexatious lawsuit? He’s the Director of a not-for-profit called Justice Through Music Project. One of the sca … uh … activities run by JTMP is a web site called Protect Our Elections dot org. The site claims to be a “national collaboration of grassroots organizations that have joined together to reclaim our democracy, providing oversight to rescue our elections from partisan politics and privatization.” It has a DONATE button that appears to go straight to JTMP’s authorize dot net account.

Now, that’s a chilling thought: Brett Kimberlin providing “oversight to rescue our elections.”

Here’s what the top of the site’s home page looked like around 8 pm yesterday evening.POE_org_mainAnd here are a couple of front page links to featured stories.POE_nocommentsThe stories relate to a nuisance suit that Protect Our Elections has filed against the Federal Elections Commission. Take a close look at what I’ve circled in red. Those are the comment counts on the stories. As of 8 pm yesterday, there had been absolutely none. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Bupkis.

That shows you the relative impact of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s Internet operation vis-à-vis those of us who he is suing because we write truthful things about him. Indeed, the most recent comment on the POE site was made at 8:59 pm on 11 August. By way of comparison, Monday noon’s Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering? post generated six comments.

The Team Kimberlin theory of lawfare involves punishment of the victims by causing them to have to deal with the time and expense of a protracted legal ordeal run at relatively low cost to the pro se plaintiff. It’s backfired. TDPK is up against pro se defendants, one of whom is a lawyer, who are able to mount low-cost defenses; First Amendment activists with pro bono legal counsel; and media personalities and organizations whose best interests are served by fighting the suit.


The Streisand Effect will be cranked up to 11 until all TDPK’s vexatious lawsuits are completely dealt with. Brett Kimberlin won’t disappear from public scrutiny until he’s either given up or been beaten. Given his poor choices to date, I suspect we’ll have to whip him in court.

Stay tuned.

Oh, one more thing … evil hates the truth, but it hates mockery even more.FrenchTaunt
UPDATE—I just reread POE’s description of itself. The stated goal is to rescue our elections from partisan politics.

Say what?

I thought the whole purpose of an election was partisan politics, as in, choosing between two or more candidates representing differing views. Whigs v. Tories. Democrats v. Republicans. That sort of thing.

Of course, JTMP’s politics are avowedly progressive. Perhaps the statement is simply an honest description of a desire for one-party rule.

Is #BillSchmalfeldt Appealing?

The anonymous blogger I call “Coleman” has written the following in a comment over at his hate blog dedicated to Aaron Walker (No, I won’t link to it.):

As far as I know Bill’s case will be put on appeal and will probably be over turned due to the federal ruling on Cassidy.

Fine. If that’s the way that Kimberlin wants to waste his time and money, he can. (Does anyone know how he affords all this on $19,500 a year?)

So what is this Cassidy case that Coleman mentions? United States v. Cassidy [814 F.Supp.2d 574 (2011)] was a case tried in federal district court in Baltimore. Judge Titus found that the application of the Violence Against Women Act was unconstitutional in that particular case. He did not find that the law was facially unconstitutional but only as applied to William Cassidy’s behavior as alleged in the indictment.

So how does that impact Maryland’s harassment statute? IANAL, but the lawyers I’ve talked to say probably not at all. Maryland’s law has been upheld at every level of appeal in the State’s courts. When it was appealed the the U. S. Supreme Court, the Supremes refused to hear the case. Harassment is not protected by the First Amendment, and the states have the right to punish it.

Both Brett Kimberlin and Bill Schmalfeldt have tried to make a big deal out of the idea that because their actions were chargeable under the misuse of electronic communications law, they aren’t covered by the general harassment statute also. That’s simply wrong—as Judge Stansfield ruled in Hoge v. Schmalfeldt when granting a peace order.

You know, for a bunch of folks who are supposed to be Internet savvy, it’s surprising that Team Kimberlin acts as if they haven’t heard of the Streisand Effect.

#BrettKimberlin and the Streisand Effect

When Barbara Streisand tried to use lawfare to keep an aerial photograph of her mansion from being published, the picture went viral on the Internet. You’d have thought that, being one of your donors, she would have warned you about the perils of lawfare against bloggers. So how has that brass knuckles media management been workin’ for ya? Have you read § 9-101 in the Maryland Code yet?

The net is growing tighter and tighter.