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Inside Legal Blogs [By Jeff] This week, saw Google go to China, Enron go to court, and John Kerry turn to the blogosphere for moral support. We bid a fond farewell to Sandra Day O’Connor and Alan Greenspan and offer a warm “Wazaaaaap!” to Sam Alito and Ben “Party Time” Bernanke.

Once again, I am faced with the daunting task

stand accused of a whole host of white-collar

In other blogly news, celebrity law blogger

of summarizing the best and most noteworthy

offenses stemming from the collapse of

David Lat, formerly known as Article III

in the legal blogosphere for the gentle readers

energy giant Enron. The Enron: Trialwatch

Groupie of Underneath Their Robes, has

of LawCrossing. I am inclined to just post a

blog and the Enron: Legal Commentary blog

returned to blogdom as the co-editor of the

link to Blawg Review and be done with it, but I

are particularly great, as cameras have been

satirical political blog Wonkette. It’s not easy

am told that I will not be paid unless I offer my

barred from the courtroom. The Enron trial

for a blogger to attain stardom. One route is

expert analysis as well. Because I am saving up

is shaping up to be better than the Michael

to publicly unmask your anonymous online

to buy a new boat, I will play along…for now.

Jackson and O.J. trials mashed together with a

persona, like Lat. Another popular method is

dollop of Bush v. Gore on top. I’m hoping these

to publish a blook, or an anthology your blogs.

guys are found not guilty. They have the perfect

The easiest way is to coin a phrase combining

qualifications to head the Federal Emergency

blog with another word, like “blawg” (blog +

Management Agency.

law) or “blogerati” (blog + literati). I’m trying

Last week, everybody was blogging about Google’s battle with the Attorney General over surrendering search-result records. Google is still the talk of the law blogosphere;

to popularize “blabbage” (blog + cabbage) and

but this week, Google’s acquiescence to

Of course, this week, as every week, the most

censorship from the Chinese government is

talked-about issue was blogging itself. The

the topic of discussion. This comes on the

chief purpose of any blog is to offer a forum to

Finally, it is worth mentioning that Samuel Alito

heels of Microsoft’s decision to allow Chinese

anyone who wants to gripe about the minutiae

has taken his place on the U.S. Supreme Court,

blogs banned by the Chinese government to

of their lives, which no one would let them

much to the consternation of Senator John

be viewed outside of China. While we can all

complain about anywhere else. Such navel-

Kerry. Kerry used political blog The Daily Kos

agree that good, old-fashioned censorship is

gazing brought a few noteworthy subjects

to announce his intentions to block the Senate

American as apple pie, a little bit goes a long

to light this week. Solo practitioner Carolyn

vote for Alito by filibuster. Of interest to anyone

way. A great example of Chinese censorship

Elefant wrote about the invisible associate

concerned about the future of the Supreme

of Google has been passed from blog to blog.

syndrome at her blog My Shingle. More

Court are law professor Sandy Levinson’s

I first saw it here on the Crime & Federalism

specifically, she examined the trend of big

comments on Supreme Court term limits,

blog.

law firms forcing associates to blog without

which she posted on the blog Balkinization.

allowing them to take credit for their efforts. The implications of the Attorney General

Levinson identifies senility and political gaming

The topic was kicked over to trial attorney

potentially getting his hands on Google’s

as reasons to encourage Supreme Court term

Evan Schaeffer’s Legal Underground, where

search records have not yet been forgotten.

limits. I’m prepared to take this proposal one

Schaeffer argued that the hefty salaries offered

The Video Game Law Blog posed an interesting

step further and present my Logan’s Run

by big firms lessen the sting of toiling away

question here Could your innocent search

Proposal, whereby every citizen over the age

anonymously in the dark.

of 30 must report to the Homeland Security

queries bring you unwanted attention from the federal government? In this case, the blogger wonders if his search for video game weaponry could be mistaken for a genuine attempt to purchase weapons. I’d recommend not worrying about it. Guantanamo Bay is supposed

Bloggers Blog dug up an amusing blogonews story. In response to a libel suit brought against an anonymous blogger, the Delaware Supreme Court opted to protect the privacy of the blogger and recommended that the plaintiff

“blawnde” (blawg + blonde). Tell a friend.

Department for disintegration, preferably by some kind of laser. Write your Congressperson and, please, register for mandatory disintegration today.

start his own blog to get even. This decision

Jeff is a writer from Los Angeles, CA.

was rendered prior to federal legislation

Currently, he is the moderator of the

My favorite blogworthy event of late is the

that could put a maximum two-year prison

message boards at Judged.com, the largest

commencement of the Enron trial. Ken Lay,

sentence on being “annoying” while online.

insider source of law firm information.

Richard A. Causey, and Jeffrey K. Skilling

This could be bad news for Ann Coulter.

to be lovely this time of year.

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