A Maryland judge made a ruling in a case today involving attorney Aaron Walker and a political activist with a criminal record.
You can read about the background of the case at American Spectator. It’s admittedly very complicated.
Walker had alleged the ex-con tried to frame him for assault; Walker had blogged about it.
Somehow the ex-con got a “peace order” against Walker in the state of Maryland.
Now if you go to the actual information about such an order in that state, it becomes questionable whether whatever happened between these two individuals even warranted a peace order.
It’s a mystery why a political activist who allegedly gets lots of money from celebrities and leftwing groups for his cause would think he’s so special no one can write about him. Then again, his views are Leftist and that camp tends to be hostile to free speech. In my opinion. The ex-con has a website and he doesn’t exactly hide from the public.
There’s a firsthand account of the hearing with Walker and the ex-con today with a retired judge, Cornelius J. Vaughey, presiding. The judge, according to the witness providing said account, claimed to be of the “Royal Typewriter Generation.” Vaughey also said to the ex-con, “He [Walker, the accused] Googled you 500,000 times.” The eyewitness then referenced “through the Tubes or whatever” but because of the placement of the quote marks, I’m not sure who said the Tubes part.
I'd venture the judge wouldn't recognize a Tweet if it could snatch his gavel.
Do I hear an OMG?
Aside from the Maryland Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, the peace order the ex-con obtained was, in my opinion, an improper use of a peace order, if you read the criteria online.
Ex-con is said to be a proponent of “lawfare”—he’s allegedly filed all manner of suits right and left.
Sad that the judge was simply not up to the task of technology, taking on a complex matter requiring knowledge of how the Internet works. Shouldn’t surprise me I guess—after all, this is Maryland.
You ever been Googled “through the tubes”? That one’s a classic.
At any rate, the ex-con will certainly see more notoriety from this now. This thing went from being a disagreement between two people to being a matter of civil rights for Walker and possibly a miscarriage of justice by a judge who was clueless about the technological aspects.
Some national media will be brave enough to tackle it, I’m sure. It’ll just take one. And things will go from there.
The ex-con, according to the witness, alleged “death threats” were made against him. I couldn’t locate documentation of those online. Nor could I determine who actually made alleged death threats. Considering this guy's past, it's not hard to understand why he wouldn't be popular in some quarters.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 29, 2012)