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7/24/2017

Victory over Brett Kimberlin: Summary Judgment Granted Against Convicted Bomber and Perjurer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 6:55 am

Free speech has won.

After nearly four years, convicted bomber and perjurer Brett Kimberlin has lost his lawsuit against your favorite blogger (that’s me!). Federal District Judge George Hazel today issued an opinion granting me summary judgment in Kimberlin’s frivolous and censorious lawsuit against me.

It is a total and complete victory. There will be no trial. I will pay nothing. I will take down no blog posts about Kimberlin. The lawsuit is simply over. (Of course, he’ll appeal. He always appeals.)

My deepest thanks go to my pro bono counsel: Ron Coleman of Archer & Greiner and the Likelihood of Confusion blog, and Bruce Godfrey of Jezic & Moyse LLC.

I can’t say enough about these guys. They stood by me at all times, working for no pay — all for the righteous cause of defending free speech. Ron Coleman juggled this case with his internationally known pro bono case for the Slants, which resulted in total victory and a landmark opinion for free speech. In addition to his fine legal work with Ron on the briefs, Bruce Godfrey dealt with a prickly and difficult client (that’s me!) on discovery issues, and spent countless hours cataloguing, redacting, and organizing the voluminous discovery — not to mention dealing with the court and Kimberlin, and navigating me and Ron through the Maryland legal world.

(In an unrelated note: If anybody knows Jennifer Lawrence, contact me at patterico@gmail.com. Inside joke. But seriously, write me if you know her.)

These guys also work for pay. You should hire them.

I would be remiss if I did not mention as well the efforts of Kenneth P. White of Brown White & Osborn LLP and the essential Popehat blog. Ken not only provided strategic advice and endured dozens (hundreds?) of emails about the case, but he and Ron also handled the frivolous lawsuit against me by Nadia Naffe — another total victory where I paid nothing and retracted nothing I had said. The Naffe case was cited by Judge Hazel in today’s decision, and provided an important precedent for free speech by prosecutors and other government employees.

Thanks to my readers for sticking with me through all of this, and for the support I have received from so many of you.

It’s a good day for free speech.

8 Comments »

  1. Congratulations.

    Comment by SPQR — 7/24/2017 @ 7:08 am

  2. Wonderful news.

    Comment by DRJ — 7/24/2017 @ 7:35 am

  3. Very good news. Thank you!

    Comment by Machinist — 7/24/2017 @ 7:36 am

  4. Patrick stood up for the truth when others gave up. He has principles and courage, and the Internet is a better place because he’s here.

    Comment by DRJ — 7/24/2017 @ 7:50 am

  5. Fantastic news, congrats!

    Comment by Sean — 7/24/2017 @ 7:53 am

  6. I said this on the main site, but I want to reiterate it here because I think you might be more likely to see it here. :)

    Congratulations, man. That’s fantastic news and must be a huge weight off your shoulders.

    Comment by aphrael — 7/24/2017 @ 10:18 am

  7. I am thrilled to learn this wonderful news!

    In truth, I am more pleased for your personal victory than this particular win for the constitution. Kimberlin is still largely free to terrorize others in the courts.

    I give thanks for those magnificent men who came to your side and stood fast. They are the best of us.

    Comment by Ed from SFV — 7/24/2017 @ 1:37 pm

  8. Thank you one and all.

    Comment by Patterico — 7/24/2017 @ 4:50 pm

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