Convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that names as defendants syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, Red State editor Erick Erickson, talk radio host Glenn Beck, investigative journalist James O’Keefe and others, claiming they are part of a “criminal racketeering enterprise” under federal R.I.C.O. statutes.
Kimberlin personally handed a copy of the 48-page complaint to blogger John Hoge this monring at a Maryland court hearing where Kimberlin’s associate Bill Schmalfeldt failed in his appeal of a court order forbidding Schmalfeldt to continue his online harassment of Hoge. Kimberlin filed his federal suit in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kimberlin is a former drug smuggler who was convicted in 1981 of a series of Indiana bombings and sentenced to 50 years in federal prison, but was paroled after serving only 17 years. In 1988, Kimberlin gained notoriety by falsely claiming to have sold marijuana to Vice President Dan Quayle, a claim subsequently promoted by Garry Trudeau’s “Doonsbury” comic strip. He was the subject of a 1996 book, Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin, by journalist Mark Singer. After his release from prison, Kimberlin founded two 501(c) non-profit entities that have since collected more than $2 million in combined contributions.
Viral Read publisher Ali A. Akbar and editor in chief Robert Stacy McCain are also named as defendants in Kimberlin’s suit, although neither has been served with a summons in the case, nor have they been served in the state lawsuit Kimberlin filed last month in Montgomery County, Maryland, naming them as defendants along with Hoge, Virginia-based lawyer Aaron Walker, and the anonymous “Kimberlin Unmasked” site.
In addition to Malkin, Erickson, Beck, O’Keefe and others, Kimberlin’s federal complaint also names as defendants the late Andrew Breitbart‘s news site, two former Breitbart contributors, Lee Stranahan and Mandy Nagy, the non-profit watchdog group Franklin Center, O’Keefe’s publisher Simon & Schuster, Beck’s Web site TheBlaze.com and the award-winning conservative blogger known as “Ace of Spades.”
Also named as a defendant in Kimberlin’s federal complain is Patrick Frey, the popular blogger known as “Patterico.” Kimberlin first threatened to sue Patterico in 2011 in an e-mail that included this warning: “I have filed over a hundred lawsuits and another one will be no sweat for me. On the other hand, it will cost you a lot of time and money …”