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Convicted Perjurer Brett Kimberlin Has 8:30 a.m. Hearing in Maryland Today

Posted on | June 29, 2012 | 78 Comments

‘Speedway Bomber’ Brett Kimberlin was sentenced to 50 years in 1981

Brett Kimberlin will return to Montgomery County (Maryland) District Court this morning, seeking a peace order against a Virginia man who drove past Kimberlin’s home in Bethesda two weeks ago.

The final hearing on Kimberlin’s complaint against John Norton (Case No. 0601SP033922012) is scheduled at the district courthouse in Rockville (191 East Jefferson St.) today at 8:30 a.m.

A convicted terrorist infamous as Indiana’s “Speedway Bomber,” Kimberlin has recently gained new notoriety for his efforts to silence bloggers who write about his criminal history. In October 2010, Kimberlin sued progressive blogger Seth “Socrates” Allen, who had complained about the activities of Velvet Revolution, a 501(c) non-profit co-founded by Kimberlin. Subsequently, Kimberlin has filed a series of legal complaints against Aaron Walker, a Virginia attorney and blogger, and has also threatened lawsuits against Mandy “Liberty Chick” Nagy and Patrick “Patterico” Frey.

Last month, Walker published a 28,000-word account describing how he says Kimberlin tried to “frame” him for assault. On May 29, Walker was briefly arrested after a Maryland court hearing in which Judge C.J. Vaughey ruled that Walker’s blogging constituted a violation of a peace order obtained by Kimberlin. Judge Vaughey’s ruling has been widely denounced as an infringement of First Amendment rights, and is being appealed in both Maryland and federal courts.

In his June 22 complaint against Norton, Kimberlin claims the Virginia man was “lurking” near Kimberlin’s Bethesda home June 15. Kimberlin says the man took photos of him and his daughter, resulting in a car chase as Kimberlin sought to get Norton’s license tag number.

Norton has responded to the accusation by seeking his own peace order against Kimberlin. In his filing, Norton states that he has never been on Kimberlin’s property and writes:

“I was shocked to read the false claims made by Mr. Kimberlin. . . .
“Mr. Kimberlin has a history of frivolous lawsuits to include one against a sitting U.S. senator. Additionally, he is a convicted perjurer.
“He has a history of using peace orders, then engineering a violation of the order by his target to get the target arrested.”

The Kimberlin-Norton case drew the attention of Walker because of Kimberlin’s claims that Norton was part of a conspiracy:

“Mr. Norton clearly has a relationship with Mr. Allen and Mr. Walker, and I firmly believe that Mr. Norton is or was conspiring with Aaron Walker or his client Seth Allen, or others acting on behalf of Aaron Walker, to stalk or harass me and place me and my family in fear.”

Walker has written about the Kimberlin-Norton case at his blog, Allergic to Bull. Numerous bloggers, journalists, broadcasters, legal scholars and organizations have rallied to Walker’s defense in the past six weeks, including bestselling author Michelle Malkin, Professor Glenn Reynolds, radio host Glenn Beck, Professor Eugene Volokh, the National Bloggers Club, Professor William Jacobson, the American Center for Law and Justice, and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

Two special events have raised public awareness of Kimberlin’s threat to First Amendment rights. May 25 was declared “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day” by blogger Lee Stranahan. June 8 was declared “National Day of Blogger Silence” by the award-winning conservative blogger known as Ace of Spaces.

Kimberlin’s legal actions against bloggers have been described as a form of “lawfare,” which is defined as “the illegitimate use of domestic or international law with the intention of damaging an opponent.”

Mark Singer noted in his 1996 book, Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin, that during his years in federal prison Kimberlin became adept as a so-called “jailhouse lawyer,” filing more than 100 legal actions on his own behalf.

Kimberlin was convicted in 1981 of perpetrating a series of bombings that terrorized the small town of Speedway, Indiana. One of Kimberlin’s bombs blew up a police car, while another bomb — placed at a high school — badly maimed Carl DeLong, a Vietnam veteran. A major drug smuggler, Kimberlin could have been sentenced to as much as 230 years in federal prison, but was sentenced to 50 years and eventually served only 17 years of that sentence before being released in 2001.

In 2005, Kimberlin founded the tax-exempt 501(c)3 Justice Through Music Project, which has since collected some $1.8 million in contributions, including grants from a variety of progressive foundations. Kimberlin also co-founded (with liberal blogger Brad Friedman) the non-profit Velvet Revolution, which has gained publicity and raised money by making accusations of criminal wrongdoing against such public figures as GOP political strategist Karl Rove, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Kimberlin’s criminal accusations and lawsuits against his enemies are ironic in that Kimberlin is a convicted perjurer notorious for his dishonesty. A January 2007 Time magazine article noted that Kimberlin had “found a home in the blogosphere” by “repeatedly asserting as fact things that are not true.” Indianapolis Star reporter Joe Gelarden, who covered the Speedway bombing case more than 30 years ago, remarked in 2007:

“Brett Kimberlin is a terrorist. . . . I remember a few things about Brett that give me great pause. First, he was convicted of perjury — in federal court — before he got out of high school. Think about that for a moment.”

Kimberlin’s attempt to intimidate bloggers has also called attention to the phenomenon of “SWATting,” a dangerous hoax in which a fake 911 call results in a police raid on the home of a targeted person.

Mike Stack, a New Jersey man who played a role in the exposure of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s cybersex scandal, was SWATted in June 2011. A week later, Patrick Frey (who had written extensively about the Weiner case) was SWATted at his Los Angeles home. Red State editor Erick Erickson, who had written about the Kimberlin case, was SWATted last month, and Aaron Walker was SWATted Monday after he won a Maryland courtroom victory against Kimberlin. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Texas Rep. Kenny Marchant and more than 85 House Republicans called on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the SWATtings.

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  • Anamika

    Brett must be loving all the attention you are giving.

    Live and let live.

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  • Kimberlin’s Therapist

    Looks like Kimberlin is doubling down on stupid.  Keep it up genius. 

  • YeOldeMoptop

     While I like your blog and applaud your dogged determination to shed light on Kimberlin, do you really not know where you are? 

  • Rob Crawford

    Tell that to Kimberlin. He’ll probably sue you.

  • Anamika

    You must be kidding, right? If not…

    Granted at the botton written in *italics* it reads, “Whereabouts Unknown
    But right at the top written in *bold* it reads, “FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION”

    Now please use that thing between your ears. Hint: If you don’t know something how can you have a choice to (not) disclose it?

  • Anamika

    You must be kidding, right? If not…

    Granted at the botton written in *italics* it reads, “Whereabouts Unknown
    But right at the top written in *bold* it reads, “FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION”

    Now please use that thing between your ears. Hint: If you don’t know something how can you have a choice to (not) disclose it?

  • JeffS

     Tut tut, Anamika, tut tut!

    In order to “Live and let live”, both parties must cooperate.  Brett Kimberlin’s history clearly demonstrates his inability to cooperate.  Ergo, your admonition is ridiculous.

    Tut tut, Anamika!   Non-aggressive co-operative behavior is a luxury.  Tut tut!

  • M. Simon

    The central question of our time:

    For what are you willing to be a slave?

    For what are you willing to enslave others?

  • McGehee

     When you make Anamika look more sensible than you, you’ve accomplished something you probably didn’t want to do.

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  • TC_LeatherPenguin

    Dammit, McGehee, you stole my line! 😉

  • jwallin

    You’d think after all those suits, that BK would’ve improved his penmanship.

    How the f*** does the Court clerk decipher that mass of gobbledegook?

    Kudos to them.

  • Anamika

    Non-aggressive co-operative behavior is a luxury. JeffS

     “I am a non-aggressive person” What does that mean?

    To renounce self-importance, seriousness, to not mind being interrupted in any momentum of speech or action, see there is nothing important into it; because if it was serious it would be a self-concern with important goals set for oneself, a self-absorbed momentum where availability to the immediate incoming is cut-off for an unknown duration.

    To never indulge in thinking of ways of harming the “bad” guys or getting back at him, physically or in court, or any indirect psychological means like sarcasm or giving him a bad name.

    To never threaten or talk about consequences or intimidate, scare someone with show or dissimulation of means to harm. One either does what one has to do or one refrains and there is nothing to talk about.

    To realize that aggression impulses are popping out of each of us every day, and in addition to not indulging into train of aggressive thoughts, bear the after responsibility of any aggressive act, reparation, apologies, make it loud and clear that this is not how i want to behave, a person who can apologize is a person who can reflect on himself, who can change.

  • Anamika

    ( In Ref. to JeffS )

    Aggression is in lies, secrets, preparations and brooding in the dark, non-aggression is about being very explicit with one’s intentions, that there remain no doubt in the mind of one’s perceived enemy that s/he will never be the subject of a harming intention, his/her aggression then remains all in his/her hands and on his/her head, if s/he wants to pursue, it is his/her sin, an issue between him/her and his/her conscience.

    To cut short or to leave immediately people talking in front of me of war, anger, means to harm; all groups, couples, teams, family hold either on common goals in the best case but these are temporary, or they bond on a negative propaganda of the excellence of the group and the disparaging of the bad guys “out there”; a personal commitment to non-aggression makes one’s comfort into a group precarious.

    Two friends together if they are not busy on a building task, talk about sex/romance, possession/control, destruction/aggression, this means that aggression is at the root of idle behavior, if a mind is not kept busy it will devise ways to absorb or invade, penetrate/cut or choke/stop, destroy or steal/hoard property, etc. We are expert in killing, control and reproduction (offspring or million generations of successful breeders) … it does not mean that being non-aggressive puts one up alone against a huge tsunami wave of raging instincts but that one’s salvation is to step aside of the game gently.

  • Evilbloggerlady

    Actually Anamika, you may be right.  That does not mean that the attention is not warranted.  Is it better to pretend Kimberlin does not exist as he runs around and bites people like a rabid skunk?  

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  • pdxnag

    Couldn’t someone picket his house, lawfully, pacing back and forth for hours on end? They could hold a sign with the famous cartoon Nitro-Mo, which apparently BK finds objectionable but inspirational.

  • SPQR

     It would be a lot easier to  “let (BK) live” if he was still serving the 50 years he was sentenced to for his violent crime spree.

  • jwallin

    Isn’t BK a limited public figure? Plus how did BK get info so fast just from license plate? I thought that it’s not easy for a private citizen to get license plate info.

    I believe BK has some inside sources to get some of the information he gets so quickly. Is he FBI source/informer?

    Is that why he seems to have an inside track to maryland court/legal system?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  • JeffS

     Tut tut, Anamika, tut tut!

    Bloviation in response to a simple statement is the not the zenith of intellectual discourse.  Rather, it is merely a stream of consciousness, an autonomic reflex brought on by the inability to refute a logical conclusion.

    Tut tut, Anamika!  Think of the bandwidth.  Tut tut!

  • JeffS

     Works for me!

  • Monitor2112

    good catch.  Thanks for making me aware of this

  • Anamika

     Anything i write is a draft, a proposal, wording and accuracy are not too good, but the main ideas could help a reflection.

  • Eric Johnson

    BK says the deputies gave him Norton’s name & address from the plate number. I find it odd that that the deputies would go that far and it would be easy ask them what info about the plates they provided.

  • Njoriole

     Seriously? Your answer to terrorism by this creep, Kimberlin, is to tell his victims “Don’t talk about him, and he’ll leave you alone.” Yeah, I guess if we unilaterally renounce our First Amendment rights, then bad guys might not harm us. Is that really the kind of country you want to be part of?

  • Njoriole

     Wow, that is some wacky, hippy-dippy stream-of-conciousness you have going on.

  • Beautysleep123

    Our dear Anamika would also likely counsel a women who is being abused by her husband to just ignore his “antics”.  After all, “aggression impulses are popping out of each of us every day..” so she should just not talk about him and he’ll leave her alone.

    And she should look to herself and see how her behavior is contributing to his abuse.


  • JeffS

     Tut tut, Anamika, tut tut!

    A stream of consciousness is not improved by brevity.  It remains incomplete and incoherent.

    Tut tut, Anamika.  Be mindful of autonomic reflexes.  Tut tut!

  • Rob Crawford

    Google “license plate lookup”.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    McGehee pretty much nails it.  But if YOMT was being absurd as a joke, well okay.  

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    The hearing is over, so what happened?  

  • crosspatch

    Considering that it’s 2pm back East, any news?

  • Adjoran

     Yes, Anamika, “Live and let live.”

    Say, Kimberlin left his gym bag over there – why don’t you pick it up?

  • Adjoran

     Isn’t it rather early in the day to be hitting the hard stuff?

  • Adjoran

     We don’t NEED no stinkin’ jokes.  We got Anamika.

  • Adjoran

     Patience.  The Pony Express will be through any time.  Why not head across the street to the saloon for a cool sarsaparilla while you wait?

    Don’t talk to that old drunken showgirl, Anamika, though – no telling what you might catch.

  • JeffS

     More likely, she never stopped hitting it from last night.

  • Mortimer Snerd

    Kimberlin looks like Gilligan!

  • Anamika

     What if it’s because of the large difference in timezones I and you live in?

  • Anamika

     Men are just as likely to be victims of domestic abuse, and women are almost as likely as men to perpetuate the abuse and violence. Don’t take my word for it, read the studies and look at the statistics…

    Many abused women are impotent and unable to stop the treatment by their husbands and unable to leave, same for abused husbands.

    Spousal abuse is gender-blind.

  • Anamika

     If you are assuming I’m saying someone should make themselves disappear (like Stacy McCain did), so they can’t be abused, I must say this sounds to me like a misapplication of Anamika-thinking.

    It brings to mind an image of a Churchgoer believer talking to a social worker, explaining how children should stop thinking they exist, so their parents’ abuse won’t hurt them.

  • Adjoran

     You are definitely in a different zone.

  • RosalindJ

    Checked the online case info, which had a bare-bone description. At the bottom (in part) is a statement”

    “This is an electronic case record. Full case information cannot be made
    available either because of legal restrictions on access to case records
    found in Maryland rules 16-1001 through 16-1011, or because of the
    practical difficulties inherent in reducing a case record into an
    electronic format.”

    They have no.idea. of those practical difficulties..

  • JeffS

    Then it’s either tonight, and she’s right on schedule for her drinking, or tomorrow morning, and  she hasn’t stopped guzzling her hooch.

  • Beautysleep123


    That has nothing to do with the fact that you advise people to deal with an abuser by ignoring him.

    just ignore the terrorist Brett Kimberlin and he’ll go away won’t work.  Sometimes you have to bloody the bully’s nose.

  • Beautysleep123

    So Anamika-thinking would look down upon a woman who disappears into a shelter to escape her abusive husband.


  • Beautysleep123

    Anamika’s the octopus releasing a cloud of ink.