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Monday, June 25, 2012

Judge Grants Aaron Walker Emergency Motion

By Susan Duclos

The other day Aaron Walker hired an attorney  to fight against the violation of his free speech rights when a retired Maryland judge granted Brett Kimberlin a peace order against Walker which said Walker could not practice his free speech right to write about his ongoing legal battle with Kimberlin.

Today, Robert Stacy McCain reports, that Judge Nelson W. Rupp Jr has granted Walker's emergency motion and Walker will once again be allowed to write about Kimberlin until the appeal is heard in July.

At a hearing this morning in Rockville, Maryland, a Montgomery County Circuit Court granted an emergency motion on behalf of attorney/blogger Aaron Walker. The effect of the ruling will permit Walker to resume writing and speaking about convicted terrorist bomber Brett Kimberln.

UPDATE: Judge Nelson W. Rupp Jr. presided over today’s hearing, with attorney Reginald W. Bours III representing Walker, who did not attend the hearing at Judicial Center in Rockville. In a brief telephone interview, Walker said that Kimberlin filed a counter-motion that did not address the First Amendment legal issues at stake, but rather “made a bunch of new accusations” against Walker.

UPDATE II: It is important to note that Judge Rupp’s ruling only temporarily permits Walker to speak and write about Kimberlin, pending a July 5 hearing in Maryland state appeals court. Walker is appealing a May 29 ruling by Montgomery County District Court Judge C.J. Vaughey that granted a peace order sought by Kimberlin against Walker.

UPDATE III: Walker said he plans to file a report on today’s hearing at his blog, Allergic to Bull. A Virginia attorney, Walker has become the center of national attention since May 17, when he published a 28,000-word blog post entitled, “How Brett Kimberlin Tried to Frame Me for a Crime (And How You Can Help!).” Walker’s post highlighted Kimberlin’s long-running efforts harass and intimidate bloggers who had written about Kimberlin’s criminal history.

McCain is adding updates so please click over and keep up. Walker is fighting not just for his free speech rights but for all of us.

[Update] Aaron has published the order granting his stay, embedded below: (Please go read his whole piece!)

Order Granting Stay