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Announcing the YKos Panel on Live-Blogging the Scooter Libby Trial

Plame House BloggingHear Ye, Hear Ye, the Yearly Kos Scooter Libby Live-Blogging Panel will soon be in session.

If you are attending Yearly Kos in Chicago, it’s time to mark your calendars for opening day, August 2. You won’t want to miss your esteemed hostess Christy Hardin-Smith and indispensable FDL contributor Marcy Wheeler of The Next Hurrah provide their behind-the-scenes look at live-blogging the perjury and obstruction of justice trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Also on the panel is Sheldon Snook, the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Sheldon (who goes by his nickname Shelly) was the court official in charge of news media at the Libby trial.

I’ll be there as well, moderating the panel.

I’m sure I don’t need to remind FDL readers, but I will anyway, that Firedoglake provided ground-breaking coverage of the trial. As the New York Times wrote:

A collective of liberal bloggers, fueled by online donations and a fanatical devotion to the intricacies of the Libby case, Firedoglake has offered intensive trial coverage, using some six contributors in rotation. They include a former prosecutor, a current defense lawyer, a Ph.D. business consultant and a movie producer, all of whom lodge at a Washington apartment rented for the duration of the trial.

All day long during the trial, one Firedoglake blogger is on duty to beam to the Web from the courthouse media room a rough, real-time transcript of the testimony. With no audio or video feed permitted, the Firedoglake “live blog” has offered the fullest, fastest public report available. Many mainstream journalists use it to check on the trial.

While the Libby trial was not, as some reported early on, the first federal trial in D.C. covered by a credentialed blogger (see the appended correction to the New York Times article) it was the first federal trial in which the court intentionally provided such credentials. As Sheldon Snook said before the trial started:

“Bloggers are part of the media landscape and if we were to ignore bloggers, we would be ignoring reality,” Snook said.

Some of the topics we’ll be covering are the credentialing process, the challenges of blogging in real time, the back-end work required and costs incurred in hosting a live trial blog, what bloggers brought to the mix, how we interacted with and were treated by the MSM and how varied our individual perspectives were, allowing us to provide political commentary as well as legal, both from a prosecution and defense point of view.

But enough about us. The largest portion of the panel will be devoted to your questions. We’ll also share some gossip and back-scenes stories. That will be the fun part.

Please join us.

(New York Times photo of Plame House )

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Jeralyn is a Denver-based criminal defense attorney. She writes daily at TalkLeft: the Politics of Crime .