Image left: William Hoge. Right: Aaron Walker.
One of the key characters in the petty litigation dramas that afflict this website is appealing against the state of Maryland on behalf of those who stalk and harass children online.
Framing his argument as a free speech case, Aaron Walker of Manassas, Virginia appears to have enjoyed the aid of a former partner at a major right wing legal firm in drafting it.
Frighteningly, it is even possible that he might win, and if so the decision will end up derailing both settled harassment law and a new legal tool available to child victims of cyberbullying in Maryland.
Now on his third attempt to re-litigate the case by appealing a lower court ruling, Walker has taken a deeply hypocritical turn, arguing in opposition to all the justifications that he has invented to persecute his enemies for years.
For those of you just joining us, Aaron Walker of Manassas, Virginia had a Yale law degree and an unfulfilling career in health care management when he started blogging ‘cartoons’ (really scrawlings) of Muhammad under a pseudonym to taunt jihadists. It was pretentious behavior, but it drew enough attention that Walker received guest blogging privileges at Breitbart.com and Patterico.com, where he learned about Brett Kimberlin, a former federal prisoner-turned-nonprofit organizer who had excited great interest in the right wing blogosphere. Kimberlin was suing a mentally ill man to get a takedown order for the defendant’s insanely-libelous blog posts. Seth Allen was not a good legal nemesis for Kimberlin, however, so Walker first aided him with legal advice and eventually ditched the patsy to become Kimberlin’s full-time antagonist himself. Doing so cost Walker his job, for his employers did not take kindly to finding the stalker’s shrine in his office after his name was exposed. Walker has assaulted Kimberlin in a courthouse, lied about it, was held in contempt, tried to sue Kimberlin multiple times, attempted more than once to destroy his family, was warned off by a judge, and makes allegations about Kimberlin’s children in court proceedings that are unrepeatable in any decent forum. Finding a partner in William Hoge of Maryland, Walker has pursued criminal charges against both Kimberlin and a former Breitbart Unmasked writer named Bill Schmalfeldt who wrote about their activities. Walker has made false accusations to the FBI and allegedly colluded to perpetrate fraud upon courts in pursuit of his vendetta. He remains unemployed and utterly useless.
Walker is appealing his two defeats by the state of Maryland on this issue, and has in fact detached the Kimberlins from this case, slimming down and focusing his argument for once. Because Walker seems to have no career other than revenge, which does not pay well, he is seeking damages from the Maryland taxpayer to subsidize his activities against the Kimberlins.
Walker is also framing himself once again as the ‘free speech hero.’ In his newest complaint, Walker identifies himself as a “journalist,” by which he refers to his sporadic blog that mainly consists of long screeds about his war with the Kimberlins and pleas for money to help him wage it. On this basis, Walker alleges that his free speech has been violated by the Kimberlins’ attempt to have him charged under ‘Grace’s Law’ last year.
‘Grace’s Law’ is named for a victim of horrifying online abuse that led her to commit suicide. Because Howard County authorities had failed to take seriously the McComas family’s pleas for help against the relentless hazing and online bullying that Grace faced every day, lawmakers decided to amend the state’s harassment law to reduce families’ burden of reporting as they seek the protection of police and courts for their children against online harassment.
So far, the only harm Walker has suffered is to be denounced as a cyberstalking madman. Walker was never arrested, and the state declined to prosecute him, but he still objects to the fact that the statute existed in the first place.
In seeking to overturn it, Walker also wants to re-litigate Galloway v State of Maryland, the case which upheld the constitutionality of the underlying harassment statute. That decision involved a violent prisoner who was convicted of harassing his victim through the mail.
Just like the defendant in Galloway, Walker argues that both statutes are overbroad and unconstitutionally vague — that “harassment” and “annoyance” are not terms which can be invoked by state’s attorneys without trampling the free speech of so-called “journalists” like himself. As in Galloway, the state will probably respond that the statute is deliberately vague so that state officials are free to discriminate between unwanted, abusive contact and frivolous complaints about online speech.
If successful, Walker will enable every asshole and hateful weirdo in Maryland to cyberstalk and bully children — all so that he can continue his lunatic’s crusade to ruin the Kimberlin children’s lives. And it is not impossible for him to win, as some state legislatures have seen their anti-cyberbullying laws struck down on similar First Amendment grounds.
Walker argues that because Kimberlin has sought peace orders (restraining orders) against him in the past, his free speech is being abridged by the possibility that Kimberlin will try to protect his daughters again. This is a tacit admission that Walker simply wishes to continue his demented pursuit of the Kimberlin children forever, without consequence, and have the people of Maryland pay for it.
William Hoge of Maryland, who would have been Walker’s co-defendant under Grace’s Law if the state’s attorney had agreed to press charges, is currently suing Schmalfeldt for a comment he made on this website last year in response to our story about the creepy obsession Hoge and Walker exhibit towards the Kimberlin daughters.
Together, Hoge and Walker have made concerted efforts to criminalize and litigate their enemies’ speech even while demanding absolute immunity for their own. It is their modus operandi. And the hypocrisies pile up quickly as one reads Walker’s complaint. For example, he posits that the state has no legitimate reason to stop internet harassers from driving kids to suicide.
First, “protecting children from emotional distress” does not fall into the traditional categories of speech that can be regulated according to content. […] Further, protecting minors from emotional distress is not a compelling interest. The case law and common sense says it is not, if only because children can be easily distressed for irrational reasons.
One shudders to think what Aaron Walker considers “irrational.” Brett Kimberlin’s older daughter telling a judge that she is creeped out by his weird obsession with her dad and his disgusting smears about her family in his blog? Why, she’s obviously irrational. What teenage girl isn’t better off with a middle-aged man from another state to openly fantasize about ‘saving’ her from her own father?
Walker is unsympathetic with the McComus family. Children should just “avert their eyes” if they are so intimidated:
It is important to note what is criminalized by §3-S05 … This provision applies whenever a person uses an ‘interactive computer service” with the appropriate effect on audiences coupled with the requisite intent. That term, defined in §3-805 … includes directed communication, such as emails, text messages and the like, but also information broadcast to the whole world, such as an article on the New York Times’ website, a book readable on a Kindle or Nook, or a personal webpage. And all of this information can be avoided–often even blocked–by the audience.
That’s very interesting, because when Hoge obtained his peace order against Bill Schmalfeldt with Walker advising, the former BU writer told the judge that the plaintiff was free to block him on Twitter if he didn’t want to read his tweets. Yet Walker and Hoge successfully argued that asking a Twitter user to click the ‘block’ button and quiet a troll is exactly like forcing a victim to change their home telephone number if they receive harassing calls — a ridiculous argument that could only work on a social media illiterate, and which was eventually overturned on jurisdictional grounds.
Acting under Walker’s advice, Hoge claimed back then that he was terrified by Schmalfeldt’s tweets, and needed a court to shut down his enemy’s free speech. Now, Walker argues that if he tweets libelous accusations about a teenager in order to destroy her life, no state court in America should even be able to admonish him — because internet.
No, really, this is Walker’s backup argument: Maryland is trying to regulate the whole internet.
Another way this Court could provide Mr. Walker relief without contradicting Galloway is by relying on the Federal Commerce Clause, which was not addressed in Galloway. Specifically, courts have held repeatedly that the content of the Internet is uniquely a federal domain, and, therefore, the states have no power to regulate it even in the absence of federal preemption.
Which, again, is very interesting, because if Maryland courts are so unfit to regulate speech on the internet, then why is his friend and sort-of-client Hoge always suing people over things they say about him on the internet, trying to have them arrested, and lobbying prosecutors to search their computers?
There are some flourishes in Walker’s complaint that resonate with his most creative side. For instance, he indulges fantasies of greatness by clumsily evoking the founding fathers and the American Revolution. Topping this hyperbole, Walker even decides to class himself among the great civil rights leaders of our time:
Applied to the instant case, what is the fear that justifies silencing Mr’ Walker? That Mr. Walker’s peaceful activity publicizing Mr. Kimberlin’s misconduct might drive Mr. Kimberlin to violence in retaliation? That is a reasonable fear, but the solution is to prevent any criminal conduct from Mr. Kimberlin, not to suppress Mr. Walker’s complaints about it. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, peace is not merely the absence of…tension, but the presence of justice.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From A Birmingham Jail. Silencing grievances does not lead to justice or true peace.
But for all of that familiar tone, I can tell that Walker didn’t write this complaint all by himself. He had help, and I can guess who gave him the assist:
— (((Aaron Worthing))) (@AaronWorthing) June 10, 2016
According to his LinkedIn profile, Paul Jossey was Senior Counsel at DB Capitol Strategies for eighteen months until November 2013. During that time, he
Assisted writing and editing the merit brief for Supreme Court case McCutcheon v. FEC challenging the aggregate limits individuals and PACs may contribute to political campaigns and party committees
In other words, Jossey is a ‘free speech’ lawyer for the oligarchy who had an important role in a Supreme Court decision which made it possible for the Koch brothers to give federal candidates more money than the median American family income. That’s the business model at DB Capital Strategies, which has repeatedly sued the Federal Elections Commission on behalf of billionaire donors who want to ‘expand their First Amendment rights.’
Perhaps this seems a strangely high-powered firm to have gotten involved in the right wing Kimberlin craze during 2012. Yet the firm’s eponymous founder, Dan Backer, did just that, filing a federal lawsuit against Kimberlin and two other men on behalf of Walker and other right wing bloggers, all of whom claimed to be victims of a conspiracy by the defendants. Backer even called this “the case of a lifetime” until it was dismissed with prejudice. Clearly, Walker has maintained at least one relationship from that era — and I suspect it is still bearing fruit.
Walker no longer enjoys the widespread notoriety and support he had four years ago. This is in part because of Walker’s Byzantine style of writing, but also because his unhealthy obsession with the Kimberlins is self-evident, deterring former allies.
After all, conservatives pretend to love and cherish and defend kids as a basic core value. Republican legislators have put any number of laws on the books in the name of protecting children from harm. But Walker is contrasting himself against the public face of conservative orthodoxy by standing athwart the tide of history yelling “Stop!” as families try to protect their children from people like himself.
I mean, it’s not exactly the stuff of heroes, is it?
I find it particularly appalling that Walker is seeking to overturn the laws his bestest buddy WJJ Hoge III (who is suing me for a comment agreeing with the writer of an earlier article about Hoge’s alleged harassment of Kimberlin’s daughter) used and attempted to use to make my life miserable. The Maryland Peace Order statute relies on the state’s anti-harassment statutes. If Walker and Hoge no longer believe those statutes are just, why aren’t they apologizing to me for staining my heretofore spotless legal record with charges they now deem unconstitutional?
Or is this another case of right wing troglodytes screaming, “Free Speech for Me, but NOT for THEE”?
Pretty much. They’re not interested in free speech so much as they’re all about engaging in world-class shutuppery to silence their critics – something they pretend to deplore when it’s allegedly done to them.
Jesus, Matt – do you have a license for this sort of demolition?
Got my biscuit directly from NORAD. lol
Matt has plenty of material to work from in light of the fact that Stalker Walker has spent the past decade stalking innocent people. I am convinced that Stalker Walker has some evil secrets in his past like that Orlando shooter who was really a closet gay. Walker most probably has sex victims in his past. I read an article a year or so ago about all these women who have been raped and murdered along the corridor where Stalker Walker lives. Maybe it’s time for the Virginia State Police to investigate Stalker Walker for those. Where the hell was Stalker Walker when those heinous sex crimes occurred.
I have no evidence connecting Walker to any murders but will be happy to look at any information you can provide.
One could ask how many innocent Americans have been and will be slain directly because of Walker’s attempts to enrage Muslims. Oh, it was fun when he did it from behind a pseudonym. But do his neighbors know what sort of threat this man represents to them?
Great idea Bill, how bout crowdsourcing to send all of his neighbors an informational flyer telling them that he is placing them in danger by his attacks on Islam. Inquiring minds who live near him would want to know that they are unsafe. It’s like a sex offender, which Stalker Walker also is, who is required to be registered so the neighbors can find out and protect themselves. We have all seen how these people who hate Islam create violence, so the neighbors have a right to protect themselves. “Everybody Tell Stalker Walker’s Neighbors That He Is A Pervert Who Attacks Islam.”
So Bill makes a comment on a blog and he’s responsible somehow for getting sued by right wing hose bags who claim to be about free speech?? Is this shit for real?
Bill isn’t the only one.
Not by half.
There’s quite the group of us.
But you didn’t even make a comment, so now I am really wondering how you could be dragged into something like that. Sounds like malicious prosecution and a denial of your 1st amendment right to speak even though you didn’t speak. So the 1st amendment only applies to a certain segment of society, which according to these guys only means they get to speak and no one else does?
Let me guess, Popehat and his gang of legal beagle thugs think that laws protecting children are a violation of their free speech right. How libertarian of them.
There’s reason to believe this is a right wing/glibertarian project, yes.
That’s libertarians for you – demanding police protection from their slaves.
Just a damn minute here bud. So Bill Schmalfeldt gets attacked by this shit for brains Walker and Hoge for tweeting at them, then sustains some 400 criminal charges for doing that, then these same guys claim that two peace orders and a Grace’s Law charge for harassing a minor child somehow threatens the constitution and their free speech? Do I have this right??
The supreme irony in this will come when they realize that door swings both ways should Walker prevail.
I should start leaving friendly notes at the HoggyBlog again.
Exactly. So then everything said will suddenly become allowed I guess. But funny how they want to be able to speak but not allow anyone else to speak. Sounds like they are living in another country. Maybe China or Russia? Well sir this isn’t Russia or China.. This is America motherfuckers, and in America people have a right to speak their opinions without fear from goon squads like Walker and his butt ugly wife and Hoge and his unwashed pig of a son. AMERICA FIRST MOTHERFUCKER$$$$
Hey, everyone should take these ugly mugs and add captions to them and spread them online. Good lord, there could be a million memes made from these pics with all we know about these perverts.
Great idea Roger, great idea.
Holy shit, are those real?
I, for one, will take it upon myself to harass the shit out of Hoge every day if Walker prevails.
And I will laugh when he threatens a peace order.
The ides of June are upon them.. Wasn’t it these same lunkheads that tried to file criminal charges against Bill for claiming the ides of March are coming??
So the Kimberlin children live in fear of these OBVIOUS Internet stalkers. Can someone please put these child stalkers in jail please?
Holy Moses, I thought that The Hog was Lucifer incarnate but now I see that Stalker Walker and The Hog are evil twins. This fuck wants a license from the state of Maryland to stalk little girls. What a slime bag. How can he make that argument with a straight face? Because he is a pervert, that’s how. No court in the country is going to follow Stalker Walker down that rathole. We all see what happened when the Supreme Court overturned centuries of precedent on gun laws — but it’s not going to happen with these laws that protect juveniles from perverts. I just called my lawyer friend in Maryland and he laughed hysterically when I told him that Stalker Walker said he has a constitutional right to harass little girls. The blue state of Maryland, with all Democrats on the appeal court–no way they are going to side with a nut like Walker on that one.
Stalker Walker is going to go down in history like those man-boy love assholes who say they have a right to rape boys if it’s consensual. I wouldn’t doubt it if Walker has something very wicked in his past that turned him into a full blown pervert. I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. This fuck is so scary that the authorities should impose a perimeter around his home with signs saying, “Danger, keep away from pervert.” He needs to register as a sex offender just for making that argument in his appeal.
Hey there RogerS. Did you know that your seekrit identity is driving Billy Hogg batshit? LOL
Oh, so The Hog can file a suit because his thin skin feelings are hurt. The Hog is a pervert, and he can’t believe that he finally got called out and caught. He is a child stalker, and Lucifer incarnate. He will have hell to pay when he meets his maker. There is a special place in hell for The Hog. When The Hog burns, hell will smell like cooked bacon for months. His stench will linger there for everyone to remember how evil he was.
Problem for The Hog is that he can never find me because of my job, which takes me to many places beyond the reach of his petty legal papers. Funny that I was in Fort Meade, MD just last week woking on something that would scare the crap out of The Hog.
Strange that The Hog is suing people for comments but Stalker Walker is saying that people can’t be sued for things they say online. Hypocritical is not the word for it. More like psycho babble.
The faster The Hog goes to hell, the better.
Just saw this article and it reminded me of Stalker Walker and his evil twin The Hog. http://www.ibtimes.com/christina-grimmie-death-new-details-suggest-former-voice-stars-killer-went-great-2382902 I have a bad feeling about Stalker Walker and The Hog. They are going to snap like the Grimmie stalker and go out in a blaze of glory. I pray that they don’t hurt anyone else in the process. They are very, very dangerous.
And reading about how the FBI dropped the ball on that nut who killed 49 people in Orlando. I wonder how many complaints have been made to the FBI about Stalker Walker and The Hog. I will be the first to accuse the FBI of dropping the ball on these pervert criminals. So let me state it for the record, Hey FBI, Stalker Walker and The Hog should be swooped up and carted off for investigation and arrest. If you don’t, some day you will be on the hot seat for letting them slide.
I have to wonder if Hoge and Walker want to make stalking children legal so that Hoge’s son can gits him a girlyfriend. Is that what’s going on suspected evidence forger WJJ Hoge? Is the end of your pathetic genetic line making you skeered? You gonna buy a wife for your son like the Walkers had to? Pathetic, hypocritical and now trying to stalk children? Nice legacy that Hoge name. HA!
Hey Mark. Sounds like you know The Hog family. They sound like they are the same genetic line as those billies Burt Reynolds killed in Deliverance My guess is that The Hog makes The Hog junior squeal like a pig too. That is probably how the pervert line goes from generation to generation. That is one evil family
OMG the Hills Have Eyes???
I woke up at 5:00 am from a nightmare about these two perverts. They were in a warehouse filled with missing children doing evil and nasty things to them. I couldn’t go back to sleep
Here’s is a link to the unsolved rapes and murders along the Route 29 highway near Stalker Walker’s abode. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_persons_cases_along_U.S._Route_29_in_Virginia
Hey Virginia State Police, do everyone a favor and find out where Stalker Walker was when those girls went missing. He fits the MO.
Can we verify his whereabouts during and after 1996? Good sleuthing!
I am steeling reeling at the thought that children are going to be abused by this attorney’s actions. If another child commits suicide because of this bastard, then I would think he has blood on his hands. I hope he goes to hell along with everyone that supports him.
I want to give you a tip–Walker and his wife can’t have children because one or both are barren. So what they were doing with the Kimberlin kids was to try to steal them from their parents. This was their plan. It was much more sinister than you have been led to believe. That is also why he filed the suits against the parents. Keep digging. There are people who want to talk and know what Walker planned, but they are afraid. Walker and his wife have so much to hide.
Tip-there have been a rash of fetal abduction cases of late where women who can’t have children cut a fetus from a pregnant victim. http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/23/us/unborn-baby-cut-from-womb-verdict-colorado/ In the case of Walker and his wife, their plans included a religious component so that is how they could justify stealing the Kimberlin children.
Interesting. Feel free to tell me more privately.
@ KA, are you saying these two tried to steal Kimberlin’s children? Is her name Karen Walker or Mary Dubravo? I’m confused with all these false identities she uses or Walker uses for her. Her name badge clearly says Karen Walker, but the name she used when reporting to the police was Mary Dubravo, so why is she pretending to be Karen Walker here? I’m confused.
Walker and his wife are engaged in a fraud. That’s why she uses different names. She is actually much more involved in his business than he wants to let on. Another tip, she is extremely religious to the point of fanaticism. She and Walker believe that the ends justify the means because they believe they are protected by God. Their plan with the Kimberlins was to convince the wife to leave for the Philippines with her kids, and then Walker and his wife would steal them. Walker’s wife has a lot of connections there who would believe them saying that the kids were being abused so needed to be protected. It was a sinister plan, and one that Walker thinks he can still accomplish if only he can remove the father from the picture.
OMG, that is the worst fucking revelation of their intention. Just unbelievable that they would have such a truly sick plan as you describe. Just unreal.. These people should be in a federal lockup for life..
You seem to have direct knowledge or know someone with direct knowledge?
So Walker admits that he has no choice but to harass the Kimberlin’s daughter.. I wonder how this will figure in his appeal to harass even more minors?
yeah, it’s bizarro stuff that really lets Walker’s inner kook shine through.
I remember the days when Walker was terminated for very terrible things at work.
Holy shit, Stalker Walker has been trying to hide that from everyone. Thank you so much for publishing that. He is a real piece of work. A real scum bag. From reading this, Stalker Walker was actually ripping off his employer. So this ties in with what @KA from Manassas was saying about Stalker Walker and his wife being frauds. So if he was stealing from his employer, he WOULD have no remorse trying to steal another person’s chilidren. This is really getting scary. All of his skeletons are coming out of the closet. He reminds me of that Subway spokesperson who led a dual life of child molester on the side. Please god, find a way to stop Stalker Walker before he hurts more people. BU should be very proud for exposing this Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde before something even more terrible happens.
Please, someone, anyone, call the police, the feds, someone, these crazies have been on a religious crusade to steal peoples children and indoctrinate them into a religious cult.
@Walker Steals Children–you are hitting the nail on the head. Walker’s wife is part of a religious cult. She constantly indoctrinates herself with religious teachings, listens to religious propaganda at home and when driving in the car, and says that God tells her what to do. At the same time, she is angry at God for denying her children and is desperate for them. She and Walker saw an opportunity with the Kimberlins, thinking that they could steal the children and hurt the father at the same time. They saw this as a religious mission. They believe that God is directing them and that they will succeed. Walker told his wife that God was testing them to see how committed they are. It is terrifying.
Here is an article asking why the FBI did not stop the Orlando shooter. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/06/orlando-terrorism-fbi-omar-mateen-213971 The exact same thing can be said about Stalker Walker. How many times has he been interviewed by the feds??
I love it when two projects come together.
I’m working on an album about the stages of grief, and the second stage, Anger, was the perfect vehicle to immortalize a friend of ours.
The King of Unwarranted Hubris has spoken.
“The gang over at Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Boy Unread
has been hyperventilating over a brief filed by Aaron Walker in his
suit against the State of Maryland. Aaron is seeking to have the laws
that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has used to harass him (and me) declared
unconstitutional (or at least unconstitutional all applied in
You’re not hyperventilating, are you, Matt?
And it’s a good thing these laws were only used to harass Piggy Boy and the Mental Case Lawyer, and not, say, a guy with Parkinson’s who was charged nearly 300 times under these statutes by the same people who want it declared unconstitutional “in their cases.”
The blatant bullshittery.