Eli will hazard a guess. Steyn is judgement proof and he knows it. Raising money for his "defense" has given him a good income stream, that now, since he is without representation, is just pure profit. Living off the stream with probably no substantial real assets, hey, what's not to like :) especially when his "brave" replies to the court and in public win him plaudits from the crazies.
This is a huge problem for his former friends at National Review and the CEI. They gotta cut him loose but they can't.