What do you when threats, even threats in the company of convicted bombers fail to silence your political opponents? You sue!
Convicted felon Brett Kimberlin has filed a Maryland lawsuit naming bloggers Aaron Walker, W. J. J. Hoge, Robert Stacy McCain, National Bloggers Club President Ali A. Akbar and the anonymous blogger “Kimberlin Unmasked” as defendants.
The defendants believe that the suit is without merit and is part of Kimberlin’s continued effort to use lawfare to silence journalists and bloggers who have written about Kimberlin’s criminal past. The defendants will not be made available for comment until they have finished initial consultations their respective legal counsel.
Two thoughts. What should we make of the fact that Stranahan & Patterico are not included in this suit?
I don’t know what the SLAPP laws are in Maryland but I’m sure that discovery by the defendants should be a whole lot of fun.
I hit Stacy’s tip jar, you should too.
Update: It should be made clear my wondering concerning Stranahan & Patterico doesn’t imply anything. It just seemed odd that if Kimberlin is trying to slow people who have stood up to him they would not automatically be on the list. Not that it matters, as I suspect this suit has less legitimacy that Ed Markey’s “Present” vote on war in Syria, and believe me that’s a hard standard to get below.
Update 2: Patterico has done some research:
Until a complaint is made public, only limited comment can be made. A search of court records reveals the complaint is for “DEFAMATION, MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, HARASSMENT, STALKING, CONSPIRACY, INVASION OF PRIVACY AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.” It sounds like “accuse the accusers” on steroids, doesn’t it?
I submit and suggest that Stacy McCain being a journalist of long experience is much too canny to have crossed any lines and would be wise enough to advice Ali of the same. Unless I’m mistaken both Mr. Hoge & Walker have experience in law. Could this be all about outing Kimberlin Unmasked in order to allow his minions to attack?