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                              Inside Legal Blogs
                              [By Jeff]
                              Each week, I am charged with the task of compiling a list of the best and the worst of the Internet’s legal blogs. I feed this
                              list into a large computer, which was designed by NASA and is known as Deep Blog. The computer processes the informa-
                              tion into a refined database of the week’s most noteworthy blogs. I take this database and travel deep into the Himalayas,
                              where I seek the counsel of a wise old man who lives atop the treacherous mountainscape. Armed with the advice of the
                              learned sage, I prepare this column on the latest law blog news for LawCrossing.

As of late, the hot-button word in the law            Carrol replied that all bloggers link to other        Lay and former executive Jeffrey Skilling
blogosphere is metadata. It’s all over the big        blogs and that it is a fixture of blogdom.            deliberately mislead the public about Enron’s
law blogs, but the definitive post about it comes                                                           finances.
from Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog.           I’m going to have to side with O’Keefe and
Apparently all those little blinking, beeping         Carrol on this issue. I was once in a similar         While the Business Law Economics Society
ones and zeroes of computer language mean             situation, where I faced imprisonment and fines       blog Conglomerate predicts full acquittals for
something, and there are some people who              of up to $500,000 for broadcasting football           at least one of the defendants, Prawfsblawg,
can actually make heads or tails of it. Every         games without express written permission              a consortium of law school professors, is
electronic document is filled with encrypted          from the NFL. Although in that analogy, I guess       predicting that the trial will suck. The real bad
data, much like a Three Musketeers bar is             the NFL would be the bloggers, and I would be         guys have already copped pleas and nobody
packed with delicious nougat. When you send           USA Law. So I guess I don’t know what to think.       really understands Enron anyway, argues
a text file, the recipient can open the file’s        I just don’t want to go to jail.                      Prawfblawg. The complexity of the crimes in
properties and view its revision history. This                                                              question could lead to a confused jury. Who
poses a major problem during the discovery            Last week, I forecasted that the Enron trial          cares? More tacos, please.
process, wherein opposing counsel may access          would be better than the O.J. and Michael
things that were deliberately redacted from           Jackson trials mashed together and slathered          The Enron trial has taken a backseat to
electronic files.                                     with a creamy sauce of Bush v. Gore. I hate           the big news story of the past few weeks,
                                                      to admit it, but I was wrong. It’s even better        those cartoons that caused mass rioting and
The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors declared         than that! The Houston Chronicle’s Enron              violence abroad. I am speaking, of course,
metadata mining to be unethical. Tech Law             TrialWatch blog is offering hourly updates on         about Garfield. His passion for lasagna has
consultant Dennis Kennedy finds the Florida           the happenings in the courtroom. Quite frankly,       caused uproarious bouts of chaotic laughter
Bar’s determination to limit a burgeoning             it’s fascinating. Highlights include former           worldwide. Actually, the real story is the
technological area baffling. The PDF for              executive Ken Lay offering his handkerchief           Danish newspapers that printed and reprinted
Lawyers blog says the decision sounds like            to his attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, an audio          anti-Muslim cartoons under the banner of
something from The Onion. I’ll admit I’d never        recording of Lay saying the word “a-hole,”            free speech, sparking widespread and deadly
heard of metadata before, but neither had the         and Judge Sim Lake revealing that the jury            protests. While the story has received a lot of
Florida Bar’s Board of Governors. That doesn’t        had tacos for breakfast. That’s right, tacos for      attention in the law blogosphere, the analysis
mean I’m not techno-savvy, however. I was just        breakfast!                                            from American law-minded bloggers has been
too busy trying to set the clock on my VCR. Do                                                              a little weak, as pointed out at Dawg’s Blawg, a
people still use VCRs?                                The trial has actually gotten off to a painfully      Canadian law blog. That is understandable. At
                                                      slow start, which is hardly surprising for a          the core of the debate is a lesser-of-two-evils
The law blog fracas of the week took place over       white-collar trial involving financial fraud. So      argument over racism vs. censorship. Ann
USA Law, a blog portal that publishes several         far, the prosecution has spent a lot of time on       Althouse takes the middle-of-the-road position
legal-themed Web logs. Kevin O’Keefe of               direct examination of former Enron investor           that the rioters ought to argue against the
LexBlog cried foul over USA Law’s publishing          relations chief Mark Koenig. According to             ideas behind the cartoons rather than endorse
his content without permission. He was joined         Houston attorney Tom Kirkendall of Houston’s          the suppression of speech.
by Dennis Kennedy, who claimed USA Law had            Clear Thinkers blog, this strategy backfired,
implied that he endorsed the blog network by          as the defense got Koenig to admit in cross-          The latest development in the story reveals
including his material. USA Law editor Nick           examination that he wasn’t really sure if             that when the cartoons were dispersed

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throughout the Muslim world, additional forged   available for viewing here, is that they are not   law blogs, pondering the tough issues, and
cartoons were added, presumably to fan the       funny at all. I’ll take Hagar the Horrible any     preparing keen and insightful analysis so you
flames of hatred. Blawg God Eugene Volokh        day.                                               don’t have to.
has declared a fatwa on whoever added the
                                                 As new developments in this story and all          Jeff is a writer from Los Angeles, CA.
three new fake cartoons. As someone on the
                                                 other matters blogworthy arise, I will keep you    Currently, he is the moderator of the
Judged message boards mentioned, the most
                                                 apprised. I’m out there every day, scouring the    message boards at, the largest
shocking aspect of the cartoons, which are
                                                                                                    insider source of law firm information.


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