Making Room for FDL, or What’s Coming On, News-Wise, Has Arrived

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 9:00 am

Back in 2007, NYU professor Jay Rosen held up FDL’s coverage of the Scooter Libby trial as an example of great journalism, and he warned traditional media folks to “make room for FDL in your own ideas about what’s coming on, news-wise.”

Four years later, it sure looks like the good professor knew what he was talking about, doesn’t it?


Internet Access to Federal Criminal Cases?

By: Thursday September 13, 2007 8:59 am

Damn, damn and double damn. Somebody noticed that people, regular people (not just us lawyers and maybe some reporters–but goddamn dirty F****** hippies) were using the Internet to follow what is going on in criminal cases; and they are considering putting a stop to all that.

Back in the old days, the only way to access a case file was to physically go into the courthouse, sign out the file from the

YKos — Libby Trial Blogging Panel

By: Thursday August 2, 2007 4:00 pm

At YKos, this morning’s Libby Trial Panel was a special treat, much like last year’s Plame Panel that Jane organized. Today’s panel was chaired by Jeralyn Merritt and included our Christy and the inimitable Marcy (emptywheel) as well as Sheldon (Shelly) Snook. Snook is the Federal District Court media coordinator who made all the media arrangements that allowed the bloggers to cover the Libby trial.

Announcing the YKos Panel on Live-Blogging the Scooter Libby Trial

By: Monday July 16, 2007 4:34 pm

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the Yearly Kos Scooter Libby Live-Blogging Panel will soon be in session.If you are attending Yearly Kos in Chicago, it’s time to mark your calendars for opening day, August 2. You won’t want to miss your esteemed hostess Christy Hardin-Smith and indispensable FDL contributor Marcy Wheeler of The Next Hurrah provide their behind-the-scenes look at live-blogging the perjury and obstruction of justice trial of I.

Keeping Dick Safe

By: Monday June 25, 2007 9:15 am

I mentioned this below, but it is worth discussing this a bit more fully.  In the Gellman and Becker piece on Dick Cheney today, Tim Flanigan is mentioned as someone at the DOJ taking the Vice President’s side of legal interpretation.  Scarecrow pointed out this particular passage as illustrative of Flanigan’s relationship with the Cheney position:Over the next 12 months, Congress and the Supreme Court imposed many of the restrictions that

Libby Sentencing Eight

By: Tuesday June 5, 2007 9:32 am

Okay, so here is the summary so far: Walton basically accepted the premise of Fitz' sentencing arguments, which put the range for the obstruction up to 30-37 months, but on the basis of the fact that Libby is a nice guy, took the lowest end of that range, 30 months. He gave him 15 on [...]

Libby Sentencing Seven

By: Tuesday June 5, 2007 9:17 am

Wells: all we’re asking is a right to file a full brief. Wells Fitz told me it was his position that he did not see Libby as flight risk. Would agree to reasonable surrender date. I told him in light of that. Walton: I don’t have a problem with having you all submit something so [...]

Libby Sentencing Six

By: Tuesday June 5, 2007 9:02 am

Back in Mr. Libby’s status. Only issue is whether appeal would raise substantial questions of law or fact. Wells: Our position that based on number of extensive opinions your honor could rule form bench that there are substantial issues. Walton: I think all those opinions are correct. Wells: WRT to appointments clause issue, tension between [...]

Libby Sentencing Five

By: Tuesday June 5, 2007 8:46 am

Need to consider seriousness of offense. Investigation extremely serious. Conduct of Mr Libby is serious behavior. Has to be a sentence that promotes respect for law. Indivs should understand there are consequences. Obviously, punishment has to be considered. Statue does call for just punishment, In reference to deterrence, nothing in this case, based on Libby's [...]

Libby Sentencing Four: Libby Speaks

By: Tuesday June 5, 2007 8:32 am

Libby: Family and I appreciate considerations shown to us during this conviction. In all taht time I have recieved nothing but kindness from Court's personnel, your honor's staff, court administrators, US Marshalls, Court security officers, and probation officer. I am grateful. Now I realize fully Court must decide on punishment, I hope court will consider [...]

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