The Other McCain

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Posted on | December 4, 2012 | 83 Comments

MANASSAS, Virginia
Prince William County Circuit Court Judge Richard B. Potter has just dismissed Aaron Walker’s civil lawsuit against Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser and Ron Brynaert. Will have further details momentarily.

UPDATE: Today’s hearing began shortly after 11 a.m. and was over by noon. Several preliminary motions had been consolidated into one hearing, and the motion heard first was Kimberlin’s motion to dismiss. Clearly, Judge Potter had already decided to grant Kimberlin’s motion, but went through the formality of a hearing.

Acting as his own attorney, Kimberlin argued first, and showed a disposition to argue the facts of the case rather than to argue law.  Walker’s attorney Dan Backer objected to this, and his objection was upheld, Judge Potter ordering Kimberlin to stick to the law. Backer briefly countered each of Kimberlin’s points, and then Kimberlin was given an opportunity to respond, once again arguing facts more than law.

Then Judge Potter called a 10-minute recess and returned to read a decision — dismissing the case — that quite obviously took a lot longer than 10 minutes to write. In other words, the judge’s decision was written in advance of the hearing.

UPDATE II: John Hoge is here at the McDonald’s where I’m filing this. My co-blogger Wombat is here, as is Walker’s attorney, Dan Backer, who is obviously disappointed. Particularly disturbing was that Kimberlin never complied with discovery requests in the case, while Walker did — and Kimberlin used documents supplied by Walker to argue that the case was without merit, while Walker never got the opportunity to depose witnesses in the case.

“The precedent set here is just terrible,” Backer said, talking about how Judge Potter ignored Kimberlin’s violation of court orders to seal the discovery materials. “Why should anyone comply with discovery?”

Backer discussed the possibility of appeals in either the federal suit in Maryland or the Virginia suit, but for today it’s a complete bummer.

UPDATE III: Da Tech Guy writes that “the big story is not so much the details but the emboldening of some very bad characters.” It’s actually worse than that: It’s not just bad characters, but bad behavior that have been emboldened. Why shouldn’t everyone with a grudge resort to the methods Kimberlin & Co. employed against Walker?

The targeting of political bloggers, the cyberstalking and harassment, are all now acceptable tactics for which there is evidently no legal recourse. Thanks, Judge Potter.

UPDATE IV: Linked by The Lonely Conservative — thanks!



  • Paul Prados

    We really need a synopsis of the Judge’s actual ruling. Having looked at the pleadings for today I am surprised the case was dismissed. But it is important to find out if it was based on a technicality, or the substance of the Complaint.

    If it was based on a technicality, it does not embolden bad actors unless we act as if it provides carte blanche.
    posted ~15:25 EST

  • Bill Schmalfeldt

    Wherever you see, “Comment deleted” that is me telling the truth about Bobby McCain and Aaron Walker. But the truth is not welcome here, so come visit. and stop being lied to like willing dumbasses.

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  • dcnj

    W T F

    I have no words….what the h e l l is going on in this country…

  • EarlScruggs

    How does this happen?

    “The story seems complicated until you put it into the historical perspective it exists within. Then it is quite simple. Left media doesn’t cover the story because many of them are involved with the networks of operatives we are discussing.”

  • Canuckamuk

    Basically, when they say “bring it” , the appropriate response is “Let’s rock”.

    This is but a single battle in a #WAR. There is an appeals process which I am sure will be followed.

    This is far from over I am certain.

  • Dianna Deeley

    Eh, figured you were busy.

  • Monitor2112

    Agree. I’m still waiting to find out WHY the case was dismissed.

  • Monitor2112

    I’m almost ready to believe that something like that is happening. It would at least make some sort of sense.

    I can’t believe a judge just let someone spit in his face like Kimberlin has done and smiled and accepted it. No repercussions for disobeying an order. Nothing. Nada.

    As I said when I first heard the news…Justice went out the freakin’ window

  • Dianna Deeley

    I think he has merely been edited for brevity?

  • K-Bob

    Looks like you can get away with anything if you suck up to the right people.

    I’m guessing Judge Predetermined took one look at the fact that Kimberlin got some of that sweet, sweet Streisand money and also, hey, a good friend of Obama’s is a former terrorist who caused people to die, and that didn’t turn out so bad. And Aaron walker has a Jewish first name. Yeah, cooling a tall one for ten minutes before coming out with a ruling seems about long enough.

  • Wombat_socho

    No, I deleted it after satisfying myself that it contained nothing of value.

  • McGehee

    One has to wonder, after maiming a man and forcing him to commit suicide, being found responsible for his murder, and avoiding repaying his widow, whether Kimberlin really is the compassionate soul that he holds himself out as.

    I don’t wonder. I know he isn’t.

  • Quartermaster

    This is what you get when you have a population that is morally confused. It *is* going to get far, far worse.

  • Garym

    Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Take satisfaction in that history shows, when a Leftist group gains power, they go after the tools first.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Rule By Whim.

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  • Bob Belvedere

    Love you, Wombat [in a manly, John Wayne-ish way, of course].

  • Finrod Felagund

    We’ve had a country of men, not laws, ever since it was decided that someone growing something in his own back yard for his own consumption was engaging in Interstate Commerce and thus could be shut down by the federal government. In other words, longer than just abou any of us have been alive.

  • Finrod Felagund

    When you’re getting flak, you know you’re over the target.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Sorry you have to take the time to deal with this jackass.

  • Stogie Chomper

    That’s a pretty accurate description of Kimberlin and friends.

  • Wombat_socho

    Wickard v. Filburn must die, and be regarded by future generations as on a par with the Dred Scott Decision as an evil perversion of jurisprudence.

  • Wombat_socho

    It’s what they pay me for – oh, wait…

  • Rob Crawford

    Support vote fraud? They were also shown to support underage sex slavery.

  • Rob Crawford

    Judge was already bought by the Party.

  • Rob Crawford

    Dude, his CAREER is why he turned. He’s part of the Party.

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