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The Only Answer Is ‘Heh’

Posted on | June 1, 2012 | 9 Comments

Professor Glenn Reynolds asks: “How’s that brass-knuckles reputation management working out for you?” 

The professor links an excellent examination of the legal precedents in Aaron Walker’s case by Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Suffice it to say, Walker got railroaded.


9 Responses to “The Only Answer Is ‘Heh’”

  1. smitty
    June 1st, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    @rsmccain See, now, if you’d used another mode of transportation, you could have thrown in some ZZ-Top:

  2. Dustin
    June 1st, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    It’s so frustrating.  Had the judge simply admitted his limitation in understand the technology, and sought assistance understanding it, or referred it to a younger judge, maybe this would have been better.

    Had the judge cared that a similar order had just been overturned…

    Hell, had the judge simply read Aaron’s posts on this subject.  Just read them a single time, I think he would have both understood how Aaron was not inciting anything… indeed laying out clearly how people could help him with completely legal ideas, and also understood Brett’s conduct.

    But he didn’t try.  He swore an oath to justice and he didn’t live up to it. 

    It bothers me to think I can’t have much faith in the legal system in Maryland.  I worry very much about the kind of society we have when people can’t rely on the justice system for justice or even protection from criminals.

    I urge people to both ignore the astroturf threats and do their best to hope that the justice system fixes this problem.

    But until the prosecute perjury, it seems that perjury is rewarded instead of punished, and obviously that means honest people are at a severe disadvantage in Maryland courtrooms.

  3. McGehee
    June 1st, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Hell, had the judge simply read

    (Paraphrasing said judge, from memory): “Don’t people have lives? Who reads all this stuff?”

  4. Dustin
    June 1st, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

     I heard this judge spends most of his days living in the Caribbean.  I gotta admit, that is a better game plan than pouring over lengthy blog entries about a criminal and a complicated ordeal.

    But if he wants to ‘have a life’ and not ‘read all this stuff’, he shouldn’t be ruling on Aaron’s case.  He should be back in the Caribbean sipping on a Pina Colada.

    Justice is hard work, and the lazy attitude and ambivalence  I’ve noted from many levels in Maryland’s justice system is surely welcome news for criminals who are evolving their routine to better use the system against victims.

  5. blaster
    June 1st, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    A Maryland judge is likely predisposed to Leftists anyway.  

    But this restraining order deal is problematic.  My ex-wife assaulted my wife in my front yard.  She then ran to the magistrate and sought a restraining order.  The law says if violence happened and you claim you are in fear, you get a restraining order.  EVEN IF YOU WERE THE AGGRESSOR.  

    And then she started stalking my wife to get her in violation of the order.  

    Unintended consequences.  

  6. Finrod Felagund
    June 1st, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    Patterico, Erickson, and The Other McCain all feature in a news article that’s currently above the fold on their front page:

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  8. Adjoran
    June 1st, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Look, this guy is a part-time retired administrative law judge on senior status.  He is helping out the state by hearing the small cases so they don’t backlog the dockets.   He appears not to even have a clerk (the order is a mess, he had to have just dictated it to a typist) and never takes on constitutional issues – the court is designed for minor crap.

    I’d bet there aren’t many judges at that level who would read the mountain of posts they were handed (Aaron’s one main post runs 28,000 words, get serious).  They are going to default position, which is to just issue the protective order.  That covers their butts, let the appeals court sort it out, that’s why they make the big bucks upstairs.

    Aaron’s error in representing himself and irritating the guy didn’t help, but you are not going to get a PO quashed at this level by bringing up Brandenburg or Hess anyway.

    The judge isn’t the problem.  He was chosen at random and the rest would likely have been very similar.  The problem is a vexatious litigant is unchecked in using frivolous lawsuits and charges to harass his critics, punish them, and ultimately intimidate them into silence.

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