In pursuit of his conspiracy theories connected to this website, William John Joseph Hoge of Westminster, Maryland has filed nearly 400 different criminal charges against the objects of his obsession over the last four years. While all of these filings have been declined by the state’s attorney for Carroll County, in February of 2013 Hoge was absolutely sure he could convince elected Republican officials to issue search warrants against his political foes over a comment someone left in his blog.

This new revelation of old fraud has come to light after Hoge reportedly filed a frivolous lawsuit against the Kimberlin family, retired BU writer Bill Schmalfeldt, and the random social media users who have incurred his wrath.

Fatally flawed by jurisdictional issues and his usual crackpot assertions of ‘fact,’ the litigation was never likely to succeed on its nonexistent merits and is certain to be dismissed. Nevertheless, Hoge felt so confident in the righteousness of his case last week that he asked a court clerk to grant him discovery powers for a fishing expedition.

Responding to these shenanigans, Brett Kimberlin filed a motion to quash and stay Hoge’s subpoenas. Citing Hoge’s hundreds of attempts to pervert the Maryland justice system, Kimberlin’s motion includes two emails as an exhibit.

Dated the morning of February 18, 2013, and sent just fourteen minutes apart, they are both addressed to Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney John Patrick Frey, who blogs and tweets as Patterico.

Kimberlin is currently suing Frey in federal court, charging the prosecutor engaged in an improper campaign to chill his free speech while acting ‘under color of law.‘ The emails strongly suggest that Hoge was yet another confidant of Frey during the activities for which the prosecutor is being sued.

“I’ve amassed a pile of evidence which I will be turning over to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office today,” reads the first email. Hoge accuses BU writer Bill Schmalfeldt of leaving threats on his blog in another user’s name, with both Neal Rauhauser and Brett Kimberlin listed as part of a conspiracy to do so.

Both men had already been the obsessive focus of right wing blogs for over a year, while Schmalfeldt was just about the only liberal blogger who bothered to research the accusers or debunk their absurd claims.

State and federal lawsuits against Rauhauser and Kimberlin were eventually dismissed with prejudice, but not before months of sensational innuendo that they were responsible for a hoax 911 call which had sent Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies to Frey’s home in 2011.

Writing with palpable glee, Hoge enumerates the criminal charges that he expects Carroll County State’s Attorney Jerry Barnes to pursue on his say-so, repeating the penalties for each man on his list.

Misuse of Electronic Communication (at least 2 counts at 1 year and/or $500 each)

Conspiracy to cause Reckless Endangerment (5 years and/or $5,000)

Conspiracy to make a False Statement Regarding a Crime or Hazard (6 months and/or $500)

Conspiracy to make a False Alarm (5 years and/or $5,000)

“We’ll see how many of the charges stick,” he continues. “The first three on Schmalfeldt should be airtight and should result in a search warrant for his computer and remote servers.”

This prediction proved to be incorrect, as no search warrants were ever issued to investigate the comment left in Hoge’s blog.

BU’s web servers occupy a key place in Hoge’s paranoid cosmology. Hoge tried to demand information from the web host for Kimberlin’s Justice Through Music Project and other websites through one of his fraudulent subpoenas last week. Perhaps he hoped to find BU hiding in there?

The newly-revealed emails show that Hoge’s ambitions have not changed in the last three years. During that time, he used a peace order obtained from a friendly Carroll County judge to charge Schmalfelt with hundreds of violations for tweeting.

Correctly judging that Hoge was abusing the system as part of a personal political vendetta, State’s Attorney Jerry Barnes declined to follow up on any of these charges. But until the peace order was finally nullified, Hoge never stopped trying to have his enemy arrested over a blog comment.

The comment remains a regular topic of discussion at and is a subject of constant re-litigation in Hoge’s courthouse maneuvers.

“If just one of the conspiracy charges goes through, the Sheriff should get warrants to seize Rauhauser’s and Kimberlin’s computers and servers as well — before they can have unfortunate head crashes on their hard drives,” Hoge continues in the first 2013 email.

Hoge then indicates he is confident because local officials share his politics.

These are all state charges that would be handled by the Carroll County State’s Attorney. BTW, Jerry Barnes is a Republican. So is Ken Tregoning our Sheriff.

I’ve got other leads on other possible state charges that searches of the computers may confirm.

Tregoning retired in 2014. Barnes, who had served as a Green Beret during the Vietnam War, lost his re-election bid in an anti-incumbent wave that same year and took his own life a month before his final term expired. Nor does either man’s biography suggest they would have been eager to direct county and state resources against an anonymous person for leaving an ambiguous blog comment.

Moments after sending his first email, Hoge sent a second message to Frey — and this time, he copied four other key figures in the right wing media crusade against Kimberlin. Lee Stranahan and Mandy Nagy of, legendary racist Robert Stacy McCain, and the uniquely-insane Aaron Walker were all treated to this hopeful note:

The procedure here in Carroll County is a bit different from Howard County. The Commissioner is going to consult with the State’s Attorney’s Office on who get charged with what. That will take a few days. The Commissioner clearly understands that Team Kimberlin will destroy evidence on their computers, etc., given any warning and understands the need to execute search warrants without warning.

Please keep this quiet until the warrants are served.

Please call or email me with your questions.

Despite Hoge’s earnest capitalization, within Maryland’s unique judicial system the ‘Commissioner’ is just a glorified clerk who receives criminal complaints from citizens, checks them for correct spelling, and passes them on to the state’s attorney. Many thousands of such filings appear in Maryland court records every year, but they are almost all declined for prosecution.

Hoge now claims that his emails were part of the discovery materials from Kimberlin’s federal lawsuit against Frey, and as such Hoge supposes they are covered by the judge’s order of confidentiality. Yet there are multiple recipients, all of whom may have supplied the emails.

Alarmed by their appearance in Kimberlin’s filing, this Tuesday Hoge returned to his local courthouse and filed a new motion demanding they be scrubbed from the public record of his precious lawsuit, lest they spoil his aura of victimhood. To complete his attempted cover-up, Hoge has also asked Judge George Hazel of the US District Court in Maryland to punish Kimberlin for including the emails in his motion.

Hoge is unlikely to get what he wants, however, because he is the sender of the emails in question. According to legal sources, Hazel’s order applies only to Frey, who claimed the privilege by invoking the sensitive nature of his work as a gang prosecutor, and any communication he has sent to other people.

Any parties who wish to protect emails sent to Frey, especially when third parties are copied to them, should have already sought their own protective order from Judge Hazel.

Kimberlin alleges that since 2011, Frey has used the imprimatur of his office to cast criminal charges around his name in both the kangaroo ‘blog court’ of online opinion and by lobbying law enforcement agencies to investigate trumped-up charges against Kimberlin.

As shown by the recipient list of Hoge’s 2013 emails, right wing bloggers were eager to participate in Frey’s unofficial posse. Participants often seemed convinced that they were working on behalf of law enforcement, or alongside prosecutors, in a genuine criminal investigation rather than pursuing a goofy conspiracy theory regarding the 911 hoax perpetrated against Frey by unknown parties.

As Kimberlin points out in his motion, which is included below, these newly-revealed emails establish an old pattern of conduct that continues today in Hoge’s demented lawsuit. He keeps trying to direct the wheels of justice to crush the Kimberlins — and anyone who gets in his way.

Meanwhile, Hoge continues monitoring the IP addresses of everyone who visits his website, especially those who leave unapproved comments. Hoge has repeatedly insisted that this information is being shared with law enforcement, which means any random visitor could potentially end up the target of his ‘investigations.’

BU was unable to contact Carroll County officials for comment on this story before press time and will update if they reply.

Hoge v. Kimberlin Motion to Quash