Simple Justice: Four Years of a Sentence Served

The first post at Simple Justice appeared on February 13, 2007, entitled Justice is a funny thing.  The first  comment to that post came from Paul Kennedy, about two and a half years later.

Since then, I’ve published 3,976 posts.  There have been nearly 30,000 comments.  The blawgosphere has changed over a few times and we’ve had some pretty good discussions.  Hopefully, it has served some purpose for you, as it’s been cathartic, fun, frustrating and educational for me.

Thanks to all for four years of Simple Justice. 

And if you’re so inclined, please say something nice about me to the parole board.  I really am rehabilitated.  No, really.  Though I may blawg again.

31 comments on “Simple Justice: Four Years of a Sentence Served

  1. Chris

    As a 0L and aspiring criminal defense lawyer (with further aspirations for civil rights work like the ACLU or EJI), this blog has become a daily staple for me. I’ve learned so much since discovering your blog last month, and this is probably the only blog I really read rather than just skim nowadays. So I’m sabotaging your parole hearing, keep it coming! (Oh, and posts like the Mapp v. Ohio one are particularly great).

  2. Chris

    Definitely a fair point, which is why I’m reading and learning. Can’t do much about lack of experience except add to it over time. That being said, the problem of injustice in our system of criminal law and the social injustices associated with it aren’t exactly new to me. Just this blog.


    Before Gamso, I wrote “Four More Years,” but it appears that you still have not completed the fix so I can comment from my blackberry.

    I have nothing else to say. I’m going to sulk somewhere.

  4. Mark Draughn

    Congratulations on four years of blogging, Scott. You are second only to Radley Balko as a source of fuel for my outrage at the system, and you are far and away the best source of material I can use as a hook to start my own blog posts. Keep up the good work. Please.

  5. mirriam

    Oh blah blah blah you are soooo great blah blah – what about the shoes, SHG? What About The Shoes?

    This blog (blawg) is a pain in the ass and a complete inspiration at the same time. Thank you for it.

  6. Antonin I. Pribetic

    “You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…””
    -Tom Petty

    Congratulations to a prophetic Horseman of the Blawgocaplyse. Your writing is an inspiration and I count you among my 2 friends.


  7. Chuck

    Congratulations on the 4 years, Scott.

    However, I’m thinking this was a federal sentence for conspiring against the government. And since the crime was committed after Nov. 1987, the guidelines apply and there’s no parole. I’m also thinking that you got at least 72 months (because you DEFINITELY did not get any points for substantial assistance).

    Sorry, guy, the bad news for you and the good news for us is that you have at least 2 more years. And we’re looking forward to reading those posts.

  8. SHG

    Yeah, I’ve never really gotten used to saying “supervised release” instead of parole.  It was actually a ten year mandatory minimum, but I valved.

  9. Brian Gurwitz

    To Whom It May Concern:

    For the past four years, Scott Greenfield has provided an outstanding contribution to the legal community by his frequent (never say prolific) posts on all manner of legal topics, usually ones that relate to crime and punishment.

    It is clear from his posts that Mr. Greenfield is exceptionally bright, though I have determined he is wrong about 11 percent of the time.

    During the remainder of his term, Mr. Greenfield should be encouraged to be less grouchy toward people with whom he disagrees. As part of his rehabilitation, he needs to understand that this quality isn’t necessarily a sign of weakness or phoniness. Until he understands the childhood causes of this character trait, he is at risk of reoffending.

    The Board should commend Mr. Greenfield and let him know that he will be an outstanding candidate for early release on February 14, 2031, provided he continues blogging and becomes more willing to show loving kindness toward society.

    It is fitting, therefore, that this first suitability hearing occurs on Valentine’s Day.


    — Prison Shrink

  10. Brian Gurwitz

    An addition 2 years have been added to your release date for possession of pornographic images in a custodial facility. An addition 5 have been added for sexually harassing a prison official.

  11. Ed.

    Having strained to find his natural voice in his first go at hosting the carnival of law blogs, Scott nailed it with a classic Blawg Review #223, Sphincter Rules.

    As Turk said at the time, in the comments, “Your best BR yet. Looking forward to the next one.”

  12. SHG

    Nice of you to seize the opportunity to give me a poke.  And yet, after Tannebaum’s masterful BR, chances of my ever going near it again continue to diminish.

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