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April 1, 2014

"Top 50 Criminal Law Blogs"

The title of this post is the heading of this posting at the website "Criminal Justice Degree Schools." I am not exactly sure if the site's rankings are definitive, but here is how it introduces the list:

We have organized the best criminal law blogs on the Internet and ordered them based on popularity according to third party sources.* These blogs provide excellent commentary and insights into criminal law from the point of view of prosecutors, defense lawyers, and professors. You can also follow these blog authors on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news in criminal law.

*The order of this list of top criminal law blogs was determined based on website metrics including Page Authority, number of websites linking to the blog, MozRank, Google PageRank, and Domain Rank. The data is taken from third party sources including Opensiteexplorer.org, Google, and Ahrefs.com.

If you click through to the list, you will quickly see why I am partial to the rankings. More importantly, I find this whole list a very valuable resource for those interested in keeping up with criminal justice blogging.

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Congratulations to Doug for being the #1 pro-defense blog.

Congratulations to Kent for being the #1 pro-prosecution blog.

And before the cat-calling begins, in a world where defense lawyers overwhelmingly outnumber prosecutors, a pro-prosecution blog was never going to be #1 overall or anything close to it. I'm amazed it made the top ten.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Apr 1, 2014 1:36:11 PM

I just had a quick flick through some of the blogs in the list and some of them are very helpful. I even went and bookmarked the website so I can come back to them in the future. I was thinking of starting one myself in the next few months, maybe I can make the list someday!

Posted by: Sam Trapp | Apr 1, 2014 2:17:19 PM

My two favorite blogs are #1 and #2. Coolness.

Posted by: George | Apr 1, 2014 4:04:19 PM


Posted by: beth | Apr 1, 2014 5:21:32 PM

As usual, I have a follow-up question for Bill (which maybe he could address in a post at Crime and Consequences) and that is:

"Why are there more pro-defense blogs then prosecution?" Perhaps, defense attorneys have more free time to opine on the law then prosecutors? Defense counsel, do not take offense, I'm being sarcastic (maybe).

Also, I did not know that Prof. Cole edited CrimProf Blog. He was my criminal law professor my 1L year. Congrats to him as well.

Posted by: Matt Faler | Apr 2, 2014 9:05:32 AM

Matt --

There are four reasons there are more pro-defense blogs than pro-prosecution blogs.

1. There are many more defense lawyers than prosecutors.

2. Prosecutors are much more leery (as they should be) of making public statements, lest they be accused of trying to poison the well, and of being excessively political. When I was an AUSA, I never said beans in public.

3. Defense lawyers like to talk even more than prosecutors, hard though that is to believe.

4. Having a defense blog can be good for business. Some defense lawyers use them as a form of advertising. I have absolutely nothing against this and, indeed, welcome it.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Apr 2, 2014 9:51:18 AM

Sorry, a blog top 50 list without Squawk is seriously missing the boat. But I'm just an appellate nerd.

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