Way back when I started my blog I think there were maybe two blogs dealing with criminal law: Crimlaw and Talk Left (which even then was evolving into a political blog). At the time most of the interesting blogs seemed to be done by clerks or students. Of course, over the years things evolved. There are now quite a few criminal law professors and defense attorneys in the blawgosphere. However, there is still one group you don't see too many of: prosecutors. Having worked here for a little less than a year, I think I can see why that is. It's interesting how much of the work I do is prospective in nature or touches on political areas (there's lots of politics in a county with a county government, an independent city, and 5 independent towns). All of this is basically off limits, for fairly obvious reasons.
I am in the unique position of having been hired by a Commonwealth Attorney who had full knowledge of CrimLaw and being retained by a Commonwealth Attorney who also has full knowledge and, while I don't think he reads this very often, has said he will not interfere with CrimLaw. I appreciate the trust. However, I doubt that I would have started this if I had been employed in a prosecutor's office at the time. The prospect of having a "macaca" moment would have probably loomed too large.
With all this in mind, I thought I'd look set out a list of current prosecutors whom I know to be blogging:
Brian Patton - Author: Brian Patton - Mostly a political blog, but Brian's a brand spanking new prosecutor now. Welcome to the other side of the bench.
Seeking Justice - Author: Tom McKenna - Politics, Religion, and the Law. May be dead or dying since Tom has not posted in almost a month.
Judging Crimes - Author: Joel Jacobsen - The point of view of a government appellate lawyer. Technically, he works for the Attorney General, but it's still criminal law advocacy from this side of the bench so I include him.
Issues and Holdings in New Mexico Law - Author: Kirk Chavez - A fairly new blawg which is concentrating on the holdings of New Mexico appellate courts. Well written.
If anybody knows of any others leave me a comment or drop me an e-mail.