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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.

Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown








78 Responses to “Convicted Perjurer Brett Kimberlin Has 8:30 a.m. Hearing in Maryland Today”

  1. Adjoran
    June 29th, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

     It usually continues until it morphs into her stream-of-unconsciousness.  The trick is figuring out when it crosses over.

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 29th, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    Not for Anamika!

  3. SarahW
    June 29th, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Unless I’m reading this wrong,  Norton got HIS order against BK.

  4. crosspatch
    June 29th, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

     It would certainly look that way from what you posted.

  5. Quartermaster
    June 29th, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    No Anamika, it’s more like the fantasy world you live in.

  6. Quartermaster
    June 29th, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    There’s a MilBlog called “Bring the Heat, Bring the Stupid.” Kimberlin is bringing the stupid.

  7. Quartermaster
    June 29th, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    And she’s worse than a stinkin’ joke.

  8. McGehee
    June 29th, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    I’m not sure I would use the word “consciousness” about Anamika.

  9. Randy_Rager
    June 29th, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    “I am a non-aggressive person” What does that mean?
    Apparently it means you’re a wordy dumbass.

  10. Randy_Rager
    June 29th, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    One of these things is not like the other.

  11. Randy_Rager
    June 29th, 2012 @ 8:11 pm


  12. Randy_Rager
    June 29th, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    To do so would be an abuse of language, no doubt.

  13. Randy_Rager
    June 29th, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    Watching you try to upbraid someone else for lack of intelligence is particularly delicious.  

  14. Jay Batman
    June 29th, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    Need to know if Neal Rauhauser was at today’s hearing.  

  15. Tom
    June 29th, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    He must? 


    I guess we’ll see when he approaches all the Democrats for more money for his charities. Now that he’s radioactive, I highly doubt he’s going to find it as easy as it once was.

  16. Dianna Deeley
    June 29th, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

     Please begin taking responsibility for your character.

  17. Dianna Deeley
    June 29th, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

     It’s nearly impossible to misapply “Anamika thinking”; it’s like most imaginary emollients.

  18. Dianna Deeley
    June 29th, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

     I’m thinking that this would generally be classified as a “FAIL”. Maybe even “EPIC FAIL.”

    Try thinking. I know it’s hard, but try. It’s painful to read you.

  19. Dianna Deeley
    June 29th, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

     Ha! Great minds and all that!

  20. Evilbloggerlady
    June 29th, 2012 @ 10:54 pm Shocking and very sad.  Not the Egypt I know.  #muslimbrotherhood #Egypt

    As bad as things may be, they can be worse.  Remember that.  

  21. Adjoran
    June 30th, 2012 @ 1:30 am

     What else would Neal do?  Get a job so he could pay his $30,000 in back child support?

  22. Jay Batman
    June 30th, 2012 @ 1:34 am

    Does Beth A. Becker Really Stand for Women’s Rights? Read, RT!

  23. Saul
    June 30th, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Nobody dares attend the hearing to cover it. That’s how screwy this situation is.

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  25. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 30th, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    I heard it was a split decision (both sides got peace orders) but I have not seen that confirmed.  It should have been neither side get peace orders.  

  26. Adjoran
    June 30th, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    EBL already noted this in a comment on page one here, but people might miss it so I will repeat:  Norton and Kimberlin were granted peace orders against each other, including an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech.  This proves beyond any doubt that District Court judges in Maryland are buffoons who ride roughshod over the Constitution.

  27. Red
    July 2nd, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    “Tut tut” Adjoran “tut tut” ::LoL::

  28. Red
    July 2nd, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    Citizen K, like any one, could obtain home address information and the like from Public Data dot com. You have to pay like a subscription for the information but you find out a lot with very little to go by. I knew a lady who was a skip tracer that used the site when she was on the dating scene to find out about her dates before she committed to going out on a date (particularly if they had any arrest record or what have you). Useful and creepy.