It’s “post about Brett Kimberlin” day. Most of my posts are pulled rather spontaneously and inartfully from my nether regions and published on the same day. This time, I actually started research the day before, thinking I’d get a fuller picture and maybe even a new nugget of info.
So I started with a Google list of Kimberlin court cases, which Bryan Preston provided via Lee Stranahan. Then I did a Google search of my own, eliminating the last month in order to find older information on Mr. Kimberlin.
Uh, this situation is beyond convoluted. Only one fact seems clear: Brett Kimberlin is a Very Bad Actor. This fact shines through the morass of mysterious internet “cloak-and-dagger,” “cat-and-mouse,” or “troll-and-billy-goat-gruff” activity that occurred before Patterico was ever involved.
Apparently, a connection may exist between Brett Kimberlin and the ”swatting” of Mike Stack (one of the first folks to retweet the WeinerGate photo). Also, Kimberlin may be tied to the website “Raw Story.”
Forgive my flippancy; this is serious stuff. I’m only making light of my own confusion. The way this guy likes to destroy lives is no laughing matter.
The details of how he came to be entangled with Patrick Frey (Patterico), Aaron Walker (Worthing), Mandy Nagy (Liberty Chick) and a dude named Socrates, well they are making my eyes swim. And I haven’t even gotten to Walker’s megapost yet!
So I’m going to defer to these people at these links, if you would like to see a bigger picture. I will stick to enumerating why I call Brett Kimberlin a Very Bad Actor. Then I’ll sit back and see if he tries to sue me or some such.
3. Serial suing
5. Making a living off progressive donations for bad music composition. Or maybe I should thank him for that.
Finally, here’s some highlights from Brett Kimberlin’s legal career, as delineated in the Google scholar link above.
- A 1985 challenge to the withholding of records by the Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Mr. Kimberlin wanted information that included a list of telephone numbers. The appellate court concluded that info would constitute “an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” The court explained, “The record fails to reflect any benefit which would accrue to the public from disclosure of this document and Kimberlin’s self-serving assertions of government wrongdoing and coverup do not rise to the level of justifying disclosure.”
- A 1986 appeal of the dismissal of his Privacy Act violation claim. Apparently, it was not okay for his prison case manager (Leddy) to tell his probation officer (Gahl) that Kimberlin was sending money outside the prison from his commissary account. Okey-dokey. The dismissal of the case was affirmed, and the court noted, “Kimberlin’s claim to a property interest is totally lacking in merit.”
- In 1993, Kimberlin appealed the district court’s dismissal of his second petition . . . alleging that “respondent, United States Parole Commission . . . violated his due process rights by vindictively redetermining his parole release date . . . .” In particular, the court found that “As for Kimberlin’s allegations about Vice President Quayle supposedly creating an appearance of political vindictiveness in the Commission’s decisions, the district court correctly concluded that Kimberlin, not the Commission, created this appearance. He has neither proven nor alleged that the Commission’s decisions were actually influenced in any way by his statements about the Vice President — indeed, Kimberlin’s counsel did not mention Quayle during oral argument. In the absence of proof or an allegation of actual vindictiveness, no lawful basis exists to set aside the Commission’s sentence . . . .” (emphasis mine)
- Also in 1993, Kimberlin alleged that “Quinlan and Miller, in their individual capacities, conspired to violate and in fact violated Kimberlin’s rights under the first and fifth amendments to the United States Constitution by denying him, respectively, access to the press and due process of law . . . .” The court noted in this case, “In sum, Kimberlin relies only on inference and weak circumstantial evidence, notably the timing of events, to support his claim of unconstitutional detention by Quinlan and Miller; he has produced no direct evidence of unconstitutional motive for any of his detentions as required . . . .”
- In Kimberlin v. Dewalt, 12 F. Supp. 2d 487 (1998), Kimberlin challenged the revocation of his parole. The court denied Kimberlin’s challenge, stating that “Clearly a ‘rational basis’ exists for requiring petitioner to pay a civil debt to his crime victim. Petitioner has a lengthy criminal history. Despite his high earnings, he failed to show any good faith by paying his crime victim. To permit petitioner to profit from his crimes (by receiving royalties from book sales) without also requiring compensation to his victim would clearly promote public disrespect for the law . . . .”
- Finally, in 2003, Kimberlin challenged the prohibition of federal inmates from possessing electric or electronic musical instruments (other than for religious purposes). The district court’s decision to dismiss the case was affirmed.
Well there you go. That’s Brett Kimberlin, best I can tell.
Oh, and by the way. I’ve learned something new about Stacy McCain: he’s a white supremacist! So sayeth some chick named Wendy Gittleson, because the Southern Poverty Law Center says so!
Amazing, how the smear machine just keeps plugging along . . . .
“Indeed, Kimberlin is such a talented songwriter, both musically and lyrically, that he can pull off what so many other well-intentioned performers are unable to. His songs are creative, intelligent, witty, and poignant, while retaining the musical qualities that make great rock songs – energy, melody and power. Moreover, he has a Motzartian ability to write entire songs on the spot –”a gift from God,” he says . . . .”
UPDATE 3: The additional info that Patrick Frey has released is spine-chilling. Look at his analysis of the SWATter’s voice:
That voice sure sounds like Ron Brynaert’s. I’ve got @ronbryn’s Twitter feed in another tab right now, and denial tweets are coming in fast and furious, even though his threatening tweets to @Patterico are right on the Blaze article.