I'm Setting Up Rules for Published Comments to the Blog

When I checked my blog this morning, I was surprised to find a large number of responses to my posts. I was also pleased to find that the majority of the posts were thoughtful, measured, and reasoned responses.

Predictably, a number of responses were in regard to the Casey Anthony case. Although this case has touched deep emotions in those who follow it, this blog is not, and cannot be, about any Anthony family members. There are many good forums out there for that topic. This is not one of them.

This blog will talk about recent events and cases in the context of the death penalty. Hopefully, this blog will be a resource for you on capital punishment. This topic has ramifications at many levels in our lives: legal, moral, religious, social, and psychological. We can learn from each other as well as recent cases. There is more than enough to explore in these areas.

That said, here are the rules for getting your comments posted in the blog.

1. First, no responses that proclaim the innocence or guilt of an accused party will be published. That is not our job. It is ultimately the job of twelve good citizens who are willing to undertake that task.

2. Second, no comments speculating about evidence is likely to be published. Evidence is not the latest news report. It is not our job to determine what is evidence. That task is at the discretion of the trial judge, subject to codes such as the Florida Rules of Evidence or the Federal Rules of Evidence.

3. Third, off topic posts will not be published. Assuredly, there are blogs out there in the blog-o-sphere on those topics. Please post to them.

4. Finally, critical comments will be published but no responses containing pejorative comments about other posters, lawyers, judges, public figures, etc. are likely to be posted. This topic deserves critical thinking. Please give it the dignity and depth of thought that it deserves.

Responding to the Comments

I will make every effort to respond to comments promptly. However, I am an active trial lawyer with a family deserving of my time, as well. I hope to turnaround responses to comments within 24 to 48 hours - with the caveat that if I am traveling or in trial, that time frame will have to bend.

Lastly, thank you for reading and participating in this blog.

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Inky - March 12, 2009 9:26 AM

why bother with a blog, if you don't want honest hard core thoughts, and opinions? another waste of time you could be doing something more constructive than wasting time on this limited blog where you cant really post any opposing thoughts, or honesty.

Lilly - March 12, 2009 12:33 PM

Rules work both ways! You openned up on a topic that is near and dear to "law abiding citizens" hearts and minds. That topic being "MERCY". You passionately and eloquantly voiced your heart felt opinion on this blog. Now you are not pleased with the responses you have received, so you are creating rules for a one way dialogue. Maybe you should hold a press conference or make a statement that is quoted in the media, instead of blogging. That way, you are the only one who gets to express your views on a topic. Blogging is for back and forth conversation and opinions. You shouldn't be surprised that bloggers opinions are just as strong as yours! Especially when it pertains to the Casey Anthony case!

Erica - March 12, 2009 1:01 PM

It seems as though you are shocked and surprised by the many negative responses on your new blog. You are now a member of the Casey Anthony Dream Team! Honestly, did you really think that you could separate yourself from Casey's case and write a blog, that will not be automatically connected to Casey's case (by responding bloggers)? After all, you joined the team that represents Casey Anthony. With fame and notoriety, as you are now part of Casey's dream team, comes loss of privacy and independance. Good luck!

admin - March 13, 2009 9:58 AM

To Inky, Lilly, and Erica -

Thanks for your feedback and understanding. As a defense attorney, I cannot endorse or foster speculation about the guilt or innocence of parties, especially those whom I may presently represent or have represented in the past.

- Terry

Kathy - March 15, 2009 2:05 PM

I guess I'm still of the innocent-until-proven-guilty mind. As I stated before in one of the other postings...it will be refreshing to be involved in a site that is untouched by the media. Whether or not the majority believes in ones guilt DOES NOT make a conviction. I'm just glad to be part of a blog that is not so biased as to not hear ALL of the evidence before making a decision.

Arianarigh - May 13, 2009 8:56 AM

I really liked this post. Can I copy it to my site? Thank you in advance.

admin - May 28, 2009 2:18 PM

Absolutely. Thank you so much for asking.
- Terry

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