The Troll Wars, Part IV [Updated!]
|In Part III we learned that someone known anonymously online as “Aaron Worthing,” a self-proclaimed lawyer, was planning to file a legal response to a motion made by Brett Kimberlin who seeks to compel Worthing’s testimony (and therefore, his outing) in Kimberlin’s ongoing legal wrangle with the blogger known as “Socrates”.
Kimberlin began filing motions within days after winning a default award of $100 and a permanent injunction against Socrates. In his latest filing, for which a hearing to “show cause” is scheduled in a Maryland state court on January 9, 2012, Kimberlin complains that Socrates has continued to defame and interfere against his “business relations” by posting comments about the case on blogs, including this one. Kimberlin has sought contempt sanctions as well as criminal charges be brought against Socrates.
Worthing does not wish to relinquish his anonymity for what he considers a “fishing expedition” by Kimberlin to out him. On his blog last week, he promised not only to reveal his heretofore presumed legal prowess to the world but also to present in his own response to Kimberlin’s motion compelling reasons for the court to dismiss the permanent injunction against Socrates, since it is now in his best interests to do so on his own behalf.
Last night, Worthing posted his response on his website:
If you have followed this series of dairies and have the time, please do indulge in Worthing’s entire response, for it touches on several important legal issues, including matters of obvious importance to bloggers wrt the constitutional protections of anonymous free speech.
As an added bonus, you will also be treated to Socrates doing his “Perry Mason” schtick during his questioning of Brett Kimberlin under oath.
Expect, dear readers, that this morning we will see the battle re-engaged across several blog fronts (for reference, links to these blogs are posted in The Troll Wars, Part III) and most immediately on Twitter, as the combatants seek the so-called higher ground of their endless spinning.
Another in a string of grate moments for the Fake Left: the “Gaped Crusader” blog, after an incredibly ugly, ominous (in a pathetic, unintentionally humourous sort of way) and threatening final post, has been whitewalled.
Yr. intrepid reporter wonders now about the, uhm, ongoing viability of the “Just Call Me Lefty” site which two days ago taunted “Aaron Worthing” as the “Coward of the County.”
Worthing returned the favour of a bitch slap to “Lefty” as part of his epic legal filing:
Socrates counter-attack currently appears to be a full-on rout of the opposition, at least to-date, in the court of the infoboobtubes.
In the denouement, the Rockville, Maryland Courthouse will substitute for the Appomattox, Virginia Courthouse in this most ungodly, uncivil war between the internet trolls of the Whiteysphere.
Which begs the musical question:
Socrates has now himself filed a series of five motions with the court, seeking to have the default judgement award reduced to $1 and no court costs. He also seeks to have the permanent injunction dismissed and be allowed to testify at the January 9, 2012 hearing via telephone.
Further, Socrates now requests that Brett Kimberlin be deemed by the court a public, rather than private person, for purposes of this litigation and finally, has asked the court to award him $100,000 for all the trouble he has been put through because of Kimberlin’s lawsuit and the aftermath.