ABA Blawg 100: Beaten into Submission

The voting is over for this year’s beauty pageant, the ABA Blawg 100.  It was a test of clout, ultimately coming down to two players.  It was Houston criminal defense lawyer Mark Bennett against Simple Justice.  Mano a mano. Blawgo a blawgo.

Bennett pushed his fans to vote for Simple Justice.  I pushed for Bennett’s Defending People.  It was ugly.  No matter what I said, Bennett countered.  He punched and punched until he had pummeled me into submission.  I tried in vain to fight back, but Bennett was too much for me. 

The vote ended with Defending People at 225 and Simple Justice at 255 for Best Crime Blawg.

Bennett won.  As he should have.

Simple Justice was honored to be in the same category with the others, like Grits for Breakfast, Berman’s Sentencing Law & Policy and obviously Bennett’s Defending People.  The fifth, Steven Hirsch’s Courthouse Confessions, is a great website and brilliant concept, but not a blawg and was included as matter of ABA Journal vanity. 

Congratulations to all the category winners, particularly those for whom winning meant a great deal, and even those like Turley  who seek to use their primacy to take over the world.  But mostly, congratulations to Bennett for proving conclusively that his word carries more weight in the blawgosphere than mine.

11 comments on “ABA Blawg 100: Beaten into Submission

  1. Robert Guest

    Congrats. Without SJ as an example I would not fully realize how inadequate my blogging skills are.

    Moving forward, now that you’ve conquered the blawgosphere when can we expect the SJ book/podcast/musical?

  2. SHG

    Now that I’m a world-wide phenom, notwithstanding that ignorant token clerk who still made me pay to get on the subway (bitch), I’m giving serious consideration to a racey music video and then maybe a game show, where I get to be the host and contestants have to put up with me.  Whoever can tolerate me the longest wins!

  3. Jdog

    *mind boggling* I wish I thought it was possible; still, life is interesting enough. Dr. Ruth was a Haganah sniper, after all; Julia Child was in the OSS, just like Sterling Hayden.

    Still, how do we know you’re not a spy? That’s what they all say, after all.

  4. SHG

    Are you kidding.  I don’t look anything like Julia Child, though I have been heard to say from time to time, “Saaaaave the gizzards!”

  5. Simple Justice

    Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, Or Not

    Ken Lammers at CrimLaw suggested that anyone who seeks to spend their legal career in criminal law should try on the other side before siding with “the good guys,” whichever side one feels the good guys are on.

    So, here’s my suggestion to those of you interested in starting a career in criminal law. I know that no one will listen to me, but I think the world would be a better place if they did. Whichever side you feel are “the good guys”, start on the other. Practice there not for 6 months – or even 2 years; …

  6. Simple Justice

    Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, Or Not

    Ken Lammers at CrimLaw suggested that anyone who seeks to spend their legal career in criminal law should try on the other side before siding with “the good guys,” whichever side one feels the good guys are on.

    So, here’s my suggestion to those of you interested in starting a career in criminal law. I know that no one will listen to me, but I think the world would be a better place if they did. Whichever side you feel are “the good guys”, start on the other. Practice there not for 6 months – or even 2 years; …

  7. Simple Justice

    Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, Or Not

    Ken Lammers at CrimLaw suggested that anyone who seeks to spend their legal career in criminal law should try on the other side before siding with “the good guys,” whichever side one feels the good guys are on.

    So, here’s my suggestion to those of you interested in starting a career in criminal law. I know that no one will listen to me, but I think the world would be a better place if they did. Whichever side you feel are “the good guys”, start on the other. Practice there not for 6 months – or even 2 years; …

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