June 1, 2022
According to growthbadger.com and earthweb.com, there are currently more than 600 million blogs in the world. And according to those same sources, there are more than 6 million blog posts published every day – and more than 2.5 billion such posts published every year.
So, “Why in hell do we need another one?” you might ask.
Let us tell you why…
During the course of the pandemic – when we were spending the majority of our time at home – we each had an opportunity to scour the internet for news about various trials that were of interest to us.
What we found was that most media reports – regardless of whether they were newspaper stories, television news broadcasts, blog posts, etc. – simply reiterated what had happened during the most recent day’s proceedings without ever explaining how those events were related to the legal issues involved in the case. In fact, except for an occasional quote from an attorney who was not directly involved in the case, all the reports were bereft of any explanation of those legal issues in a way that the average layperson could fully understand.
After discussing this problem at length, we concluded that there was likely a sizeable group of people who would be interested in reading posts that accurately and objectively reported on the latest developments involved in a trial that we were covering – and that also explained what those developments meant in terms of the legal issues involved in the case.
We monitored a couple of such cases (U.S. v. Ghislaine Maxwell and U.S. v. R. Kelly) – and discussed how we would have reported on them if we already had this blog up and running. We tried out different formats – and finally settled on the one that we think will be most informative for our readers.
Along the way, we also realized that there are lots of issues and topics that also deserve to be presented factually and objectively with as little editorializing as possible. That’s why we decided we would also write posts about issues and topics that our readers suggested and/or that were of particular interest to them.
Regardless of whether a post is about a high-profile trial or a topic of interest, we’ll endeavor to focus on facts – and avoid subjective opinions or perspectives. Our Op-Ed pieces will be where we state our personal thoughts about the outcomes of trials – and our viewpoints on various issues and topics.
In an ideal world, we would have launched this blog before – rather than after– the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial. But the world is rarely ideal – and rather than wait for another case like this to come along, we decided to launch Trials & Truths now and to have some of our initial posts focus on that trial.
For future trials, we’ll provide a pre-trial summary of the legal issues involved in the case – and outline what the plaintiff in a civil case – or the prosecution in a criminal case – has to prove in order to be successful. We’ll also provide an overview of what strategies the defendant may utilize as they look to avoid losing.
From now through September 30, 2022, all our readers will be able to access all the sections of our blog for free. Thereafter, we plan to add some additional components and features that will only be available to readers who purchase one of our three low-cost subscriptions. These additional components and features will include, but not necessarily be limited to, such things as additional posts; access to legal filings in cases that have gone to trial; access to daily transcripts from ongoing trials; access to additional photographs; links to related media reports; and participation in Zoom meetings that will feature in-depth discussions about various trials and topics.
Hopefully, you’ll enjoy our approach to reporting on interesting trials and other matters. We also hope that you’ll make suggestions regarding specific trials and/or topics that you would like us to write about – and share any suggestions you may have regarding any aspect of the Trials & Truths blog.
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