Doug Berman and Scott Greenfield are two preeminent and prolific law bloggers. By any measure, they are among the top five opinion makers when it comes to law and blogging. Each has reached that pinnacle through an intellectual horsepower that is equivalent to the Chevy 427 engine that I hungered for in my youth and still hunger for now.
For good or ill, Doug, one of the few true federal sentencing experts, is probably responsible for my decision to try blogging. He was the first blogger to clearly demonstrate the power of the medium to influence real life decisions of judges. Scott is responsible for teaching me about legal realism when viewed from the criminal defense trenches and doing so with stunning, and sometimes brutal, brilliance. This weekend both Doug and Scott had something to say about what I wrote last week. See here for Doug and here and here for Scott. While these fellows frequently disagree with me, the fact that they acknowledge my musings makes me feel that what I write might be worthwhile.
I’m blushing. I hope that doesn’t make me a Girlie Man.