The nominations for the Best Criminal Law Blawg Post of 2009 demonstrate one thing beyond any doubt, that the criminal law blawgosphere is not merely alive and well, but thriving. While other neighborhoods in the blawgosphere may feel tired or stagnant, struggling to remember why they write or finding a subject worth the time and effort, the criminal law blawgosphere has produced a huge number of truly exceptional posts, ranging from the humorous, to the practical, to the critical, to the theoretical, to the personal.
Reading the nominated posts, I cannot express the pride I feel to be a part of this community. The breadth and depth of these posts, and the myriad terrific posts that didn’t make the list, written by many different blawgers from many different perspective, tells me that we are first hitting our stride. And there is no indication that the criminal law blawgosphere won’t continue to produce excellent content for the foreseeable future.
My effort to determine the single best post for 2009 was no small feat. The choices were all terrific, save one that was offered in jest, The nominated posts should serve as a map for anyone interested in learning and appreciating what the criminal law blawgosphere has to offer. It’s like a “Who’s Who” of criminal law blawgers, and every blawger deserves our attention and appreciation.
After thoroughly vetting the nominations, I arrived at the top five posts of 2009. In chronological order of publication, they are:
For anyone who thinks that there’s no room left in the criminal law blawgosphere, that it’s already filled to capacity with the likes of big names like Bennett, Cernovich, Gideon, Tannebaum and Pattis, let Jeff Gamso be your inspiration for jumping in, offering some brilliant writing and making yourself a valued member of the community. There is always room for another great criminal law blawg.
And now, for the main event. In the enormously difficult effort to find one post that distinguished itself from the many great offerings of the criminal law blawgosphere, I focused on one that combined the best attributes, depth of thought, literacy, interest, over-arching issues of deep concern to criminal lawyers, longevity and passion. The task was nearly impossible, but one post emerged as the clear winner.
The winner of the Best Criminal Law Blawg Post of 2009 is
Thank you, Jeff, for your great work and contributions to the criminal law blawgosphere.
Now get off my lawn.