If you’re so concerned for your safety, stay out of Maryland
Stay off the Internet if you don’t want to be harassed.
Maryland Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Brewer must be not very internet literate. Otherwise he might have hesitated before he said a few things recently. He probably didn’t realize how many people were going to be reading his words and taking exception at them.
Mrs. Aaron Walker sought the protection of the Maryland legal system from a stalker. The stalker, was convicted serial bomber Brett Kimberlin. In case you are not up to date on this story W. J.J. Hoge has the story at Hogewash:
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 rest of this story at Hogewash!
Laws are made to protect people, but when you have people like this Assistant DA who seemingly cares nothing about the law and believes that it is okay to break it if you don’t like the politics of the person who is asking for protection, the law is not worth the paper that it is written upon. The arrogance of individuals like this call into question their judgment and the judgment of the people who put them into positions of power. If they have such callous disregard for the law in this situation, what have they ignored in the past? If justice is not meant to be for all, how can they be trusted?
The Howard County State’s Attorney’s phone number is (410) 313-2108.
The fax number is (410) 313-3294.
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I propose the following. Over the next couple of weeks, I encourage bloggers to contact the Howard County State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino for comments on those cases and the following questions in particular:
2. Does Mr. Broccilino believe that a public person such as himself may not seek to demand that someone cease contacting him as provided by Maryland Criminal Statutes 3-803 and/or 3-805?
3. Is it the policy of State’s Attorney that non-residents of Maryland must or should avoid entering the state if they are being stalked by a Maryland resident?
On Monday, 8 April, 2013, I suggest that those bloggers who have contacted the Howard County State’s Attorney post the answers they have received along with any comments they feel would be appropriate—8 April should be Everyone Blog About the Howard County State’s Attorney Day.
Please pass this on, share it everywhere you can and reblog it as well! The pressure of knowing that this is being spread far and wide may perhaps change some arrogant and ignorant attitudes. God bless!
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