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Incompetent Maryland judge finally reprimanded

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The wheels of justice turn slowly but four years after a bumbling Maryland judge stomped all over the First Amendment that judge has received his comeuppance.

Judge Cornelius Vaughey — dubbed Bozo the Jurist by Mark Steyn — was issued a “private reprimand” by the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities on May 31, 2016 for his outrageous conduct in the Brett Kimberlin case.

Kimberlin is a convicted terrorist bomber who in recent years has spent a lot of time using vexatious litigation to torment those who dare to criticize him. (I wrote about the Kimberlin saga at FrontPageMag in 2012.) He’s earned the confidence of leftist luminaries such as Teresa Heinz Kerry and Barbra Streisand who, through their respective philanthropies, have sent money to his activist group, the Justice Through Music Project. The Bethesda, Maryland-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity buys into the radical environmentalist agenda, supports the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and claims to have registered 100,000 people to vote.

In 2012 Kimberlin baselessly accused one of his lawfare victims, blogger and attorney Aaron Walker, of harassment.

As Walker explains it, Kimberlin claimed Walker “was harassing him under two theories.”

First, he said that since he set up Google alerts to let him know whenever anyone writes his name, by writing his name in a post I am causing Google to contact him and, therefore, that’s harassment. … Second, he said that by saying negative things about him, I was inciting violence against him.

Yes, it was that dumb. An embarrassing comedy of errors in which an innocent blogger got hurt.

Vaughey not only tolerated this abuse of process but ordered Walker jailed so he couldn’t “harass” Kimberlin further. Another judge threw out Vaughey’s order.

It was a travesty but at least the Maryland judicial system finally put this ignorant judge’s wrongdoings on the record.