We have not written much lately about Brett Kimberlin’s lawsuits against the right wing bloggers who conspired to defame him. Frankly, the story has become less interesting to us as well as our readership. So while we occasionally remark on major events in the story, we no longer engage in a day-to-day, tit-for-tat war of opposing blog posts as we once did. But we are making an exception today because William Hoge, the Christian sadist who has filed hundreds of criminal charges against a former BU writer for the “crime” of tweeting at him, was called to the witness stand yesterday during a hearing in Kimberlin’s state case — and then proceeded to write about the event in his usual mendacious style.
Attorney Francis Ostronic tried to argue that the court had no personal jurisdiction over defendant Ali Akbar, so Kimberlin called Hoge to the stand and smashed this defense into little pieces. Hoge never mentions that the judge ruled against Ostronic, or that other attorneys present in the court were congratulating Kimberlin afterwards. Instead, Hoge would like us all to remember that Kimberlin was convicted of something forty years ago, which of course is supposed to mean something about the present day.
Aside: On cross examination, my lawyer asked why our defense fund was named Bomber Sues Bloggers. TDPK immediately objected, and the vehemence of his objection made my lawyer’s point better than my answer might have.
Kimberlin’s objection was sustained, but Hoge sees no reason to mention that fact, either, because in his telling every single hearing is a famous victory no matter how badly it goes for his side. Ostronic’s question was merely another attempt to prejudice the court by introducing the same historical smears. So far, every defendant in Kimberlin’s suits has tried the same strategy. It has never worked, but this does not stop them all from trying it over and over again. If the definition of insanity is to continuously repeat the same action expecting a different result, then Kimberlin is suing a pack of lunatics.
Not content with his incomplete reporting on the hearing, Hoge wrote a second post that denounced Kimberlin as a “vexatious anti-First-Amendment litigant.” That statement is rich with irony: not only has Hoge filed hundreds of criminal charges against a disabled man for tweeting, he launched frivolous lawsuits against Kimberlin long before he was ever sued in turn. Furthermore, Kimberlin still did not sue Hoge or his fellow defendants until after they tried to suborn perjury from his estranged wife, publishing it in their blogs. Those actions resulted in Kimberlin’s teenage daughter being forced to withdraw from school due to bullying by classmates, but of course Hoge feels no responsibility for his participation in an unethical smear campaign. He is far too self-righteous for that kind of introspection.