Local judge has sex with prosecutor in courtroom . . . caught on video

Just kidding.

I’m bored.  The blawgosphere has become increasingly boring over the past year or so.  I have about 30 blogs on my blog reader, and I used to read them avidly, daily, because about 1 in 3 would have something interesting to say; now I skim though them each morning and rarely read a blog post with interest.  Is it just me?  Are the authors bored and just hanging in there, typing something, anything just to keep it going after so many years of humdrum existence?  Is it because the content is inevitably recycled after the first few years?

Lately I don’t get very many link backs to my blog.  I used to.  I loved the attention; it’s always nice to feel like you have something to contribute and people are paying attention.  It doesn’t really matter lately, I am bored with it anyway.  I assume that other bloggers think that I’ve become boring just as they’ve become boring, so a few may skim my blog like I do theirs or more likely they’ve just stopped reading it completely.  When someone puts up a blog post on a topic that I wrote about first, and I don’t get a link back or a hat/tip, I assume they are not being rude, it’s just that they just don’t read my blog anymore.

How do you keep a blog about the law interesting?  I’m not sure.  The one thing I want to blog about, share with other attorneys, and get feedback on, is trial practice.  But those articles take a lot of time, thought, and research to write.  Time is a scarce commodity when you also run a busy law practice.  And, unfortunately, I don’t get the feedback I had hoped for.  My original hope for the trial theory blog, that it would be a cooperative effort among lawyers who were motivated to share and experiment with creative ideas on trial theory, never materialized.  It was a failed experiment.  That’s ok – the best place for the laboratory is in the courtroom and in person in workshops in our offices anyway, but I regret not having the public forum to share and continue our ideas on a blog.

The second most important thing for me in the blog is to read, analyze, and write about appellate criminal law opinions – again, time consuming and it takes some real effort to get it done.  When I write about an appellate opinion, it stays with me and I remember it, when I’m in the courtroom, when I’m discussing cases with attorneys, and when I’m working on my own cases.  When I need a case cite, often I need only pull up trial theory in the courtroom on the iphone or ipad, because I recall that I wrote about the issue at some point.  But – boring.  Useful for me, but probably selfish because most people don’t want to read canned briefs on a blog.

I typically don’t write about everyday people who get arrested – I don’t see any value in it and it’s not the least bit interesting.  This is the format of choice for the thousands of marketing blogs that are appearing, dying, and reappearing everywhere, often with ghost writers on a Third grade writing level – XXXXX was arrested yesterday and charged with XXXX, look at this article.  The elements of what he was charged with are XXXX and XXXX.  He needs a very good criminal lawyer.  If you need a very good criminal lawyer, you should call the Law Offices of Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe NOW at XXXXX.  We Can Help.  Lawyers are told this is how they can get cases – I am skeptical, since I know some of these lawyers and they don’t seem to have many clients, but more power to them.

I do write about people in power who are arrested – police, prosecutors, politicians, defense lawyers.  They need to be held accountable, and the public needs to know.  When police are accused of misconduct, the defense lawyers and prosecutors who are handling that police officer’s cases need to know.  It’s not advertising, and I’m not interested in representing those people – I’ve never had one call me after blogging about them and, if they did, it would likely take a very persuasive story along with a bombshell for me to accept their case; I have an aversion to those who abuse power and I am probably not the right lawyer to help them.  This may be boring also, I don’t know, but I do get emails thanking me for writing these stories, which is encouraging.

The easiest thing to do is to just pull up the blogging platform and start hammering out my random thoughts – I’m cautious about this, because once I start there is no telling what will come spilling out.  A few bloggers have gradually turned towards this style of writing, and, well, it hasn’t always made their material more interesting.  Sorry.  (If you are reading this and you think I’m talking about you, I’m not.  Seriously.  I’m talking about that other guy.  Don’t take it personally, I love your blog.  Really.)

The problem with this style of blogging, as I’ve experienced it, anyway, is the tension between saying what you want to say and maintaining professionalism.  Lawyers, judges, clients, and potential clients may be reading your blog and you don’t want to broadcast the impression that you are not the epitome of professionalism.  So you have the urge to stick to commentary on news articles and the analysis of important cases.  Safe as houses.

Just for the record, if anyone, lawyer, judge, client, or potential client is curious, I am not the epitome of professionalism.  I don’t wear a coat and tie to my office every day.  I am not conservative.  I am not orthodox.  Like the typical teenager, I have a problem with authority.  I expect my office staff to work hard, care deeply about our clients, be part of a team and do their part to help us win, and to have at least one tattoo or body piercing. One of our paralegals has pink highlights and I love it.

Anyway, if you’re bored too, and you’ve actually read this post to the end, please do me a favor.  Write something interesting.  Entertain me a little.  Write about something other than the most recent nationwide hot topic that every “expert” is analyzing on CNN or FoxNews.  Write about the actual practice of law?  If you’re not a blogger, let me know what you think is interesting and what lawyers care about.  I’m curious.


8 Responses to “Local judge has sex with prosecutor in courtroom . . . caught on video

  • “Anyway, if you’re bored too, and you’ve actually read this post to the end, please do me a favor. Write something interesting. Entertain me a little.”

    I very much enjoy your blog. I read every post but never comment because I don’t have anything interesting or entertaining to add.

    Your new case updates are great. Please continue.

    I always enjoy reading about trial theory and anything that can help me improve in the courtroom. Last year I purchased Pozner and Dodd’s Cross Examination: Science and Techniques. For me, this is the Bible. I refer to this book at least weekly. This book is awesome: chapter method, preparation, loops, trilogies, etc. The best idea it conveys is that skill as a trial lawyer is something that is developed and can be improved with practice. When it comes to anxiety, excitement, and love, there is nothing better than a jury trial. I think the majority of lawyers that dread trials are the ones that are too lazy to prepare. It takes a lot of time and effort to properly represent a client in General Sessions. With that said, in future posts I would love to hear your suggestions (reviews) on books and other resources on trial technique.

    Another thing, do you have any recommendations on the subject of dealing with the media in criminal cases? The media has a huge influence on society. I think it would be extremely beneficial for our clients if we learned both the theory and practice of dealing with the new media.

    Love your work here at Trial Theory!

  • Pozner and Dodd’s book was the first I bought after law school. I believe it is the foundation for any trial lawyer, criminal or civil. I no longer use everything in it, but there was a time when I prepared trials using their method, religiously. Glad that you found it as well.

    Gerry Spence’s Win Your Case is probably the most influential book I have read – Pozner and Dodd and others teach trial techniques that give us a foundation; Spence and others teach what to do with those techniques once you’ve learned them. Gunning for Justice is another good one. I have a large stack of books to read, that I’m working my way through slowly – I’ll blog about more as I get through them.

    My advice for dealing with the media in criminal cases is don’t. It is rare and will likely be accidental when media exposure helps our client – the truth is most attorneys who seek the media do it because they think it will help them and their practice. In a high profile case I don’t see anything wrong with making a carefully tailored statement to rebut what the prosecution is putting out there, but I try to avoid even that.

  • Can I please come work at your unorthodox, anti authoritarian, trial and tattoo friendly law firm?

    I also had to give up on a collaborative vision–of a true public defender revolution–not that my efforts were wasted, but maybe I wanted to achieve too much, too fast. Sigh. So now I’ve posted something entertaining, I hope, and if there’s hidden messages–I couldn’t help it.

  • Only if you have tattoos. Or piercings. We can bend the rules a bit if you ride a motorcycle. Salary may be a problem, but we will be your friends and take you to lunch every day.

    Public defender revolution is an inspiration. I’d love to see more random posts mixed in with the story. Either way, I’m glad to see you writing again.

  • Hopefully this is at least entertaining. I’m a new public defender, and a few weeks ago one of the older attorneys in our office was doing a guilty plea. His client knew he was probably looking at some time, but they were going for probation. After the judge handed down the probationary sentence, the client turned to his attorney and asked “What’d he say? What’d I get??” The attorney shook his head solemnly, put his hand on the client’s shoulder and muttered, “‘lectric chair…”

      • Brown Man
        8 years ago

        This site is the best. Bobby G. Frederick, too.
        I became aware of him through his writings on Jean Toal. She overtly told a roomful of attorneys on Jan 26, 2007 that she was not going to obey AL v. Shelton (2002), a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. . . .[edited] How about a police chief saying we just don’t investigate crimes against people because they are indigent, “I am not dragooning all my officers out to calls from poor people, we just don’t answer every call.”

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