From June 10th, rerun here to remind folks why is matters that Aaron Walker, Sarah Palmer and Eric Johnson won the case against Bill Schmalfeldt:
Why do we spend any time on the likes of Bill Schmalfeldt and Brett Kimberlin? It’s not because they are such notoriously effective liars that they are sullying the reputations of dozens of good people.
That’s the best thing I can say about Team Kimberlin: they are NOT effective liars.
On the other hand, they continue to lie, and their yarns are getting more obscene. Brett Kimberlin of all people calls somebody an obsessed sexual stalker. Dude. He earned that merit badge in the ’70’s.
Bill Schmalfeldt wants to rewrite history with himself as the hero of a morality play in which he is harassed by the guy who had to get a court to stop Bill from bothering him.
If I can contribute anything, it’s to calmly document alongside Billysez and Hogewash the absolute stupidity of the Team Kimberlin activity.
These guys are the enemies of online free speech. You have a perfect right to examine the very public activities of these very public individuals. Both of these characters want to take that right away. That’s why we bother.
The threats to the First Amendment come almost daily, and from a variety of directions. Religious freedom and free speech rights are under assault. I reject hate and bigotry but when people offer you a country where there is no hate speech, they want to choose what is hateful, and what can be said. When public figures want to speak their minds but control yours, you have a right to be angry.