UPDATE II: At approximately 5:30 p.m. ET Aaron Walker tweeted that he has been released from custody but that he cannot reveal any additional details until he speaks with his lawyer. The attorney was charged with “incitement,” but released on his own recognizance.
Earlier, The Blaze spoke to a clerk at the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County who confirmed that Aaron Walker had been arrested following his hearing with Brett Kimberlin. According to the clerk, he was arrested on second degree assault charges that were previously filed by Kimberlin when Walker, following a separate court hearing, took and held at bay Kimberlin’s iPad. The clerk’s account turned out to be incorrect, however, as the incitement charge indicates.
Walker laid out the details of the iPad incident in both The Blaze interview and his discussion with Glenn Beck last week. That account can be read here detailing how convicted Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin has been terrorizing bloggers across the country. Today, one of those victims, Aaron Walker has been arrested at court following his most recent hearing with Kimberlin, who had taken a restraining order out on the respected attorney (ironic, considering the convicted domestic terrorist was the one doing the harassing).
Aaron Walker, whose complaint against convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin became a conservative cause célèbre this past week, was reportedly taken into custody today after a court hearing in Rockville, Maryland.
One person who attended the hearing in Montgomery County District Court said that Kimberlin asserted that Walker’s continued blogging represented a violation of a “peace order” Kimberlin had obtained against the Virginia attorney, who says Kimberlin tried to “frame” him for assault earlier this year.
During the course of the hearing — which reportedly lasted about an hour — Judge C.J. Vaughey appeared to become increasingly hostile toward Walker, who was taken into custody when the hearing concluded.
According to one of McCain’s sources, Kimberlin claimed during the hearing that he has received death threats as a result of what he calls Walker’s violation of the peace order.
A copy of the “final peace order” (time-stamped 10:52 a.m.) states that Kimberlin is “in fear of imminent serious bodily harm” as a result of a “countless number” of death threats, and that “there is clear and convincing evidence that [Walker] is likely to commit a prohibited act in the future against [Kimberlin].”
An eyewitness writing for OlympiaPress claims that it “went bad for Waler pretty quickly” and that Montgomery County Chief Justice Cornelius Vaughey, who presided over the case, is “a guy who retired in ’04, and still takes the odd shift when stuff gets busy or there are vacations.” In other words, it can be argued that the judge’s attention (and patience) in the matter may have been less than up to par. Based on witness accounts the judge also did not seem not to be social media-savvy, leaving him at a disadvantage when it came to understanding what Twitter and Facebook entail. Olympia continues:
If you’ve followed the matter, and I know not a lot of people have, Walker, who is an attorney, acted in an advisory capacity for another blogger who had dealings with Kimberlin. Kimberlin later accused Walker of assault; those charges were null-processed; Walker wrote about things like you’ll read on Kimberlin’s wikipedia page, as well as his own dealings with Kimberlin.
Judge Vaughan had read up on the matter, knew Kimberlin’s history of felony convictions, but clearly was technically ignorant of even basic facts about what Twitter is, in one instance point saying “He Googled you 500,000 times” through the Tubes or whatever. The Judge had identified himself, earlier, as being “of the Royal Typewriter Generation,” and at another point, when confronted with the voluminous material from both sides, asked “don’t people have jobs, who reads this stuff?”
The judges lack of knowledge regarding social media is important given that Kimberlin’s main argument contended that Walker was tweeting about him routinely — something he claimed was in violation of the peace order