Has any lawyer ever composed a weblog about an ongoing trial, updating the trial’s progress with daily posts? I’m aware of only one example, which is happening right now in the case of US v. Oracle. The blog’s author, Gary Reback, who is watching the trial on behalf of Peoplesoft, started the blog because he wasn’t satisfied with the newspaper reporting about the trial.
Trial blogging makes sense in a case that’s received a great deal of public interest. But what about a run-of-the-mill dispute that hasn’t garnered much attention from the media? With a trial blog, a lawyer can raise his or her public profile, generate interest in a client’s position, or put pressure on an opponent to settle. Has it ever happened?
I’m aware of at least one blogger who has posted a blow-by-blow account of a trial, but only after it happened—not day-by-day. (A separate post about this example is forthcoming.) As for real-time trial blogging in a run-of-the-mill civil dispute, I’m still searching for examples.