Kimberlin v Walker: 74 Year-Old Judge C.J. Vaughey Commits Injustice
After reading this IBD item and seeing Memorandum, I looked up retired (2005) Maryland Judge C. J. Vaughey. This would appear to be him. You have to be kidding me?? This guy needs to go on a fishing, or hunting trip – and stop picking up some extra coin at the expense of justice. This is a travesty.
CORNELIUS J. VAUGHEY, District Administrative Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 6, Montgomery County, 1992 to December 31, 2005 (Associate Judge, 1984-92). Retired December 31, 2005. Member, Mental Health, Alcoholism and Addiction Committee, 2000-01, and Judicial Council, 2000-03, Maryland Judicial Conference.
Member, Board of Appeals, City of Rockville, 1973-76 (chair, 1974). Member, Commission to Review Landlord-Tenant Laws, 1998. Domestic Relations Master, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 1980-84.
Born in Far Rockaway, New York, August 16, 1938. Villanova University, B.S. (economics), 1961; University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B., 1965. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1968. Law clerk for Judge Walter H. Moorman, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 1968-69. Member, Montgomery County Bar Association. Jurist Award, Montgomery County Bar Association, 1998.
If you are a judge who knows very little about the Internet, Walker has just made it sound as though he’s able to generate all of this Google traffic against Kimberlin. And Vaughey seemed to believe that is what caused Kimberlin to get death threats.
Vaughey then made a remark about what if you disliked a girl and wanted to talk about her chastity. He seemed to think Kimberlin would feel just as violated as that hypothetical girl would feel.
The judge then said that Walker was the type who didn’t want to get into it “mano-y-mano” with Kimberlin but “you want to get together with all of your friends, who have nothing else to do with their time, in this judge’s opinion … and you are creating a conflagration, and you don’t care where it goes. And so you get some freak out in Oklahoma with nothing better to do with his time, so he does the nastiest things he can to this poor gentlemen (Kimberlin). What right does he have to do that?”
“He has no right to do that, your honor,” Walker replied.
“But you incited him,” Vaughey said.
The judge then went into brief discussion on how these things were settled where he grew up in Brooklyn.
At the end, the judge said, “All I’ve learned here is one guy hides behind the sheets while the other guy suffers. I don’t care what (Kimberlin’s) background is. A prostitute can also be raped. He’s an individual, he’s entitled to his own privacy and can’t be threatened. What I didn’t like is these death threats that are coming and his children are reading it. That is nasty and wrong.”
The judge signed off on the peace order, which means that Walker can’t say one word about Kimberlin for six months.
“I find that this is worse than harassment. It’s a nasty, dirty thing to do to somebody … you’ve got people all over writing these things. He’s got 54 pages that he says come directly from you, and he’s got volumes of people who are doing it.”