Public servants should really be careful about what they say to bloggers, or the spouses of bloggers. Howard County State Attorney Jim Brewer might find that out today.
If you’re so concerned about your safety, don’t come to Maryland.
That’s what Aaron Walker’s wife was told when she filed a stalking complaint against Brett Kimberlin. John Hoge told the story not long ago.
That’s what Jim Brewer, an Assistant State’s Attorney in Howard County told Mrs. Aaron Walker when she sought the protection of the Maryland legal system from a stalker. The stalker, by the way, was convicted serial bomber Brett Kimberlin.
When the Walkers met with ASA Brewer concerning an harassment charge against Bill Schmalfeldt, he came into the meeting with his mind already made up to drop the charge on Schmalfeldt. When Lee Stanahan met with Brewer about a similar charge against Schmalfeldt, he came in with the same no sale attitude, and even after listening to Mr. Stranahan’s side of the story, would not promise anything.
The State’s Attorney dropped both Stranahan’s and Walker’s charges against Schmalfeldt. That was done without providing the notice of the change of hearing date to either complainant. They only found out when Hogewash! alerted them, and this blog only found out because of a tip from a commenter. This doesn’t seem to be within the spirit of Maryland’s victims’ rights procedures.
Read the whole thing. Since then Hoge asked the State’s Attorney several questions but has yet to receive a response. He’s declared today “Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office Day” and several bloggers are already on board. It’s insane that a public servant such as Mr. Brewer would tell someone to stay out of his state to avoid being harassed and stalked. Especially since in this case it went beyond even cyberstalking, which is bad enough.
What’s really annoying is that we bloggers end up spending quite a bit of time and energy fighting these rotten trolls, time that could be spent on other things. Maybe that’s the point. It’s too bad that public officials are letting them get away with it.
Image via Becca Lower.
Update: The Other McCain linked and posted an email he wrote to the Howard County States Attorney.
Update: Zilla linked, and reminds us that having pro-stalking prosecutors could be really bad for Maryland’s tourism industry. Perhaps the lobbyists for the hospitality industry should start making some noise.