The Jury Talks Back

9/8/2017

Convicted Bomber and Perjurer Brett Kimberlin Loses, Yet Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:15 pm

Is he getting tired of the winning? John Hoge at Hogewash reports:

The Court of Special Appeals has ruled in the appeal of the Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. (II) RICO Remnant LOLsuit. The defendants win. Brett Kimberlin loses.

Hoge has the full opinion at his post.

A little background by way of explanation. Kimberlin filed suit in federal court in October 2013 and chose as his opponent, the world.

The suit alleged many state-law claims along with federal claims. The court dismissed all the federal claims, except one: a section 1983 claim which the judge for some reason or another allowed to go to discovery against your humble blogger. (This is the portion of the lawsuit as to which I obtained summary judgment several weeks ago, when the judge found that there was no evidence that my motive was anything other than trying to find the people who had SWATted myself and my family.) The judge also dismissed the state law claims, but allowed Kimberlin to refile them in state court. This is the suit that Hoge calls the “Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. (II) RICO Remnant LOLsuit.” Kimberlin never bothered to properly serve me in that action, and voluntarily dismissed me in an agreement which said he could refile against me if he prevailed in his appeal as to all defendants.

That is the appeal that he lost today. So this ruling solidifies the dismissal of the state law claims as to myself.

One other tidbit. Four days ago John Hoge reported:

TDPK [Kimberlin] then filed an appeal with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals naming the following appellees: the National Bloggers Club, Breitbart News Network, DB Capitol Strategies, Dan Backer, Patrick Frey, Lee Stranahan, Ali Akbar, Aaron Walker, and me.

Hmmm. I had been dismissed from the suit, and was never given notice of this appeal — yet Kimberlin named me as an appellee! (I never lifted a finger in the appeal, for what it’s worth.) But it gets . . . worse:

So TDPK appears to be appealing his own voluntary dismissal of the National Bloggers Club, Ali Akbar, Patrick Frey, and Mandy Nagy. Mandy Nagy will probably never sufficiently recover from her stroke to be able to participate in her own defense. Continuing to go after her, especially after dismissing her from the case, strikes me as particularly despicable.

Despicable indeed.

For what it’s worth, William Jacobson had a post just three days ago about Mandy, on the third anniversary of her stroke. It appears she will never be the same person I once knew. Bill quotes Mandy’s mom as saying:

She cannot form words except for no, hi, okay and a few other words. She can’t read and doesn’t understand things she should.

People she should know, she doesn’t unless I show her a picture of them. She doesn’t understand instructions. I gave her a brush to use in the shower and she didn’t know what it was or what to do with it. Even after I showed her how to use it, she just stared at it confused.

So, this is where we are. It is a sad situation but she is comfortable and hopefully content. It’s not a very good life, but it is life.

I used to talk to Mandy every few days as I drove home from work. We would talk about the crazy things that the people out to make our lives miserable were doing. “Oh, God!” she would sigh, and you could hear the tired smile in her voice. She was always a smart voice of complete and reliable sanity, in a situation where the events — and many of the people — were anything but sane.

I miss her. I wish I felt like she was a winner today.

I know she would be happy if she could understand how badly Brett Kimberlin just lost.

Somehow it’s not enough.

Sorry to end on a down note. It is what it is.

The Real Bromance Isn’t the One Between Trump and Schumer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 10:30 am

#FAKENEWSCNN says there is a real Trump-Schumer bromance developing:

There seems to be a bromance brewing between President Donald Trump and Sen. Chuck Schumer.

That’s according to Rep. Pete King, who attended a meeting at the White House on Thursday with New York and New Jersey officials to discuss a transportation project called the Gateway Program.

“He and Chuck — both of them would interrupt each other at times — and they’d go back and forth and Chuck would say something and smile and the President would look at him and smile,” King told CNN Thursday evening. “This went on for the whole — let’s say the meeting was around 40 minutes or so? It was almost like a love-in at times.

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

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This is amusing, but perhaps a little overstated. The real bromance is between Trump and the media. Susan Wright already quoted this passage describing the aftermath of the “give Chuck and Nancy exactly what they wanted” Great Deal, but it’s worth re-emphasizing:

Trump specifically mentioned TV segments praising the deal and indicated he’d been watching in a call with Schumer, two people said. And he was jovial in a call with Pelosi and agreed to send a tweet she asked for about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, these people said, while also mentioning the attention the deal had gotten. He indicated to both leaders he would be willing to work together again.

“He seemed super upbeat,” one person familiar with the calls said.

Another person familiar with the calls said Trump told Pelosi her coverage was even better than his. “The press has been incredible,” Trump said.

Well, sure they were. All you have do to get the press to be incredible is to agree with Chuck and Nancy every time.

This is a problem, because Trump is a media junkie, and he mainlines coverage with his remote. As Rich Lowry says:

Trump is the most unusual combination of a politician who, on one hand, was elected president by thumbing his nose at media elites and trampling on their dearest beliefs and, on the other, is obsessed about what media elites write and say about him.

. . . .

It’s not just that Trump watches — he really cares. In the normal course of things, a president wouldn’t know who pro-Trump commentator Jeffrey Lord is, let alone complain about his firing from CNN in public, as Trump did at his Phoenix rally.

When Laura Ingraham mentioned on “Fox & Friends” last week that the administration needs to do a better job of filling empty positions, Trump tweeted a response immediately and directly (the positions aren’t needed, he said).

He can’t bear not to watch “Morning Joe,” the buzzy MSNBC program, even when he insists he doesn’t, and, of course, launched a contemptible attack on co-host Mika Brzezinski in retaliation for her criticisms of him.

Trump time and again demonstrates that he is wounded by what he hears on TV.

Trump really, really loves good media coverage. And the best way to get it is to tack left.

Just ask Anthony Kennedy. Once you get a dose of that sweet, sweet media approval, you never go back.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


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