Roger Shuler is an extraordinarily reckless leftist who has published several questionable pieces about figures on the right. No rumor is too thin, and no allegation too unsourced, to make its way into the pages of Shuler’s blog — as long as the target is someone on the right. (The fans of Brett Kimberlin love him.)
But when Shuler published one of his wild accusations against the son of a former Alabama governor, a judge issued apparently unconstitutional prior restraint orders before a final adjudication of the lawsuit. When Shuler then refused to obey the judge’s order, police came to arrest him for contempt. He allegedly resisted, and he was charged with contempt and resisting arrest. He has been jailed for weeks.
The New York Times has published an article about Shuler, the judge who issued the apparently illegal orders, and the entire situation is summed up well by my friend Ken White from Popehat, who is quoted in the article:
“You’ve got a situation where sometimes there’s no good guys,” said Ken White, a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles who writes about and practices First Amendment law.
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“Idiocy is not a zero-sum game,” Mr. White said. “I think you can say that what the court is doing is unconstitutional and troublesome and also that Shuler is his own worst enemy.”
Roger Shuler is not a good guy, in my opinion. The circles in which he travels and the methods he employs lead me to suspect that the things he writes are often false. That does not justify treating him in a manner at odds with the Constitution.
Idiocy is not a zero-sum game. Good stuff. Well played, Mr. Popehat.