June 04, 2012

Patterico: Audio & Transcripts From the Hearing Where Aaron Walker Was Arrested for Blogging About a Public Figure (Updated)

This is a clear-cut case of a First Amendment violation

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This post contains the audio from that hearing.

Listening to the audio, I am struck by how much more respect I have for Aaron’s performance, and how much less respect I have for the judge’s behavior, than I did based on the published reports.

At one point, Aaron cites the seminal U.S. Supreme Court case on inciting violent speech: Brandenburg v. Ohio, a case that absolutely supports Aaron’s position. Judge Vaughey responds: “Forget Bradenburg [sic]. Let’s go by Vaughey right now.”

Wow.

Yesterday, I published a Glenn Reynolds-style request to the “Army of Davids” — asking people to transcribe the most outrageous parts of the hearing.

In this post I will just highlight a few key passages that show a) how rude and dismissive the judge was; b) how dishonest Kimberlin was; and c) most important, that the judge disregarded Supreme Court precedent and found Aaron in violation of a peace order for his public statements about a public figure.

These excerpts also show that the judge issued an order preventing Aaron from blogging about Kimberlin for six months — a clearly unconstitutional prior restraint of speech.

I’ll get to the transcripts in a moment, but I want to say one thing first.

Now that it is clear that Aaron Walker was arrested for blogging about a public figure — and that a judge has imposed unconstitutional restraints on his speech rights — the next steps are clear:

Aaron Walker needs an immediate court order modifying the current peace order. There must be a clear judicial order stating that Aaron is allowed him to blog, tweet, and otherwise express himself publicly about public figure Brett Kimberlin. Every second that he is muzzled from speaking out is an intolerable crushing of his most sacred American right of free speech.

Aaron Walker needs legal help to obtain a reversal of this unconstitutional peace order, as well as to fight the possible criminal case against him for violating that peace order.

Aaron Walker needs a permanent injunction preventing Brett Kimberlin from seeking peace orders against Aaron based on his public speech about Kimberlin.

To accomplish these goals, we need the spotlight of Big Media on this tremendous injustice. Please spread the word, far and wide.

READ & LISTEN TO ALL OF THIS

Seriously, I am not joking, read & listen to it all. The audio is broken down in several sections with transcripts following.

You will find posts about Kimberlin errr he who should not be named in our archives here, here and here

BTW, on Twitter, followers of one who should not be named are spreading BS:

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Update: From Malkin: Contempt: Free speech-trampling judge in Kimberlin case exposed; help Aaron Walker fight back

Over the weekend, audio and transcripts of blogger Aaron Walker’s hearing in Maryland hit the Internet. Lying, violent convicted bomber felon and vexatious litigant Brett Kimberlin lied some more. And contrary to the propaganda spread online by Kimberlin’s cabal last week, it was Internet-ignorant and unbelievably arrogant Judge Cornelius Vaughey — not Aaron Walker — who displayed the worst contempt.

READ THIS POST about the hearing from Kimberlin target Patrick (Patterico) Frey, send it to mainstream media reporters, and spread the word to First Amendment experts, pundits, and lawyers (emphasis added):

Reminder: The fund to help Kimberlin victims is here.

This isn’t just a one-day commitment. It’s an ongoing battle for free speech. Every voice, every blog post, every tweet, every e-mail counts.

More on Twitchy, such as this:

If you have a twitter account RT the above or do your own.

That.is.all.for.now.

Update again. Ali is Pres of @NatlBloggers and had the audacity to stick up for Aaron Walker and the rest being targeted by this group:

This is one who not be named and cohorts MO

By Stable Hand at 09:48 AM | Comments |