When Aaron Walker was arrested yesterday, it wasn’t entirely clear what was happening but my first hunch was correct — he was arresting for blogging.
This can’t be emphasized enough : Aaron Walker spent time in jail yesterday for political writing.
Patterico’s post hits on every major point and is a must read. Brett Kimberlin is a public figure. Walker didn’t threaten or contact Kimberlin, ever.
What Kimberlin was able to get away with the equivalent of a terrorist taking down a building armed with a box cutter. Kimberlin abused the peace order (aka restraining order) process. Kimberlin couldn’t have gotten Walker arrested for writing if he had filed a multi-million dollar defamation suit with a high priced team of lawyers — even people being sued for defamation keep can on talking, although they might be held accountable for it civilly one day,. But there’s nothing in a defamation that leads to someone being taken away in handcuffs because they wrote something.
As Pat explains:
The “interim” order became a “temporary” order on May 22, 2012, as you can see from the above docket entry — and became “final” today. When Aaron refused to stop blogging about Kimberlin, Kimberlin went to court this weekend, on Sunday, and convinced a judge on Sunday to issue a warrant for Walker’s arrest. The charge: violating the peace order.
So Aaron was arrested for the criminal charge that Brett Kimberlin swore out against him on Sunday. That charge was violating the temporary restraining order, which today was extended to November 2012. Meaning that, under the judge’s unconstitutional view of the law, Aaron is not allowed to blog about Brett Kimberlin until November. (There is no way that order will last; trust me.)
Damn right there’s no way it will stand.
We’re now in a post Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day world and now there are a lot of people watching and they have Aaron Walker’s back on this. Even though the Obama administration and the mainstream media aren’t exactly jumping in with both feat on this, it will not stand. Justice will be done — for Aaron and for the First Amendment that Brett Kimberlin finds so inconvenient.