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Written by Roy Black

“I am never as clear about any matter as when I have just finished writing about it.” James Van Allen (as quoted in inside front cover, The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing (1985)).

At any one time there are 60 million blogs infesting the internet and only 3% of them last for any appreciable time period.  So why clutter the web with another blog?  I am taking this on for personal reasons.  I have no intent to change the world, or garner a large audience.  My purpose is purely self interest.

I am writing this to teach myself.  No one else.  So this will be personal.  I find that putting my ideas on paper helps crystallize them.  It makes me think and work out ideas.  Ideas about trials pop into my head all the time.  During the fall semester at the law school I can use them for lecture topics.  But outside of that, I have no forum to articulate them.  Unless I make the effort to write them down and flush them out, I am afraid they will be lost.  So now I have an outlet to discuss them.

So what type of things will I write about?  I am not going to report on the local courts and legal proceedings. We already have wonderful blogs for this.  My good friend David Markus writes the Southern District blog.  Rumpole does a great job on the Justice Building blog.  And  Broward County has one as well.   They astutely cover the courts, the State Attorney, US Attorney and the public defenders.  It would be hard to do better than them and I have no interest in trying.  I will write only about things which interest me.

My project will involve all things related to actually trying cases.  The trial techniques, practices, psychology and everything impacting trials.  I wrote a book, Black’s Law, illustrating some of this and thus the title of this blog.  I would write another book (and have worked on one on and off for years), but it is too much work to write that type of book again.  I am not that dedicated.  A blog is much easier.  Writing is fun when you don’t have a deadline, a boss to please, and can pick any topic which captures your fancy.  I intend to take full advantage of that.

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10 Comments to Black’s Law, A Blog

  1. monte burke's Gravatar monte burke
    March 12, 2011 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    I’m in. That is if you seek a brilliant layman’s opinion.

  2. March 12, 2011 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Mr Black, I always appreciate your small but insightful posts on Facebook. I will continue to follow your Blog as I believe it will bring me additional knowledge and a foresight that will help me in my future endeavors. I hope you will visit my website so you can see what I am about. Maybe one day, we can discuss what we see as the problems in our beautiful state and what its future may hold, if not corrected .

  3. March 12, 2011 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Terrific!! Looking forward to it!

  4. Deborah Scarpa's Gravatar Deborah Scarpa
    March 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    I saw the post of Roy Blacks motions on George Martorano Justice Campaign facebook page. I was also in the court room in Philadelphia the day of the hearing. As an advocate of George Martorano I can only say not only are these motions well conceived but also the most aggressive and clearly defined motions any lawyer has submitted on his behalf. Naturally we are hoping that within a few short days the Judge vacates Georges sentence and the door is open to examine his post conviction record which could then help him gain his freedom. Three times that day the Judge remarked how it was a pleasure hearing the grasp, preparedness and comprehension of the complexity of this case that Mr. Black articulated in addressing the court. I can only say as a layman of the law it was as if Mr. Black was weaving a thread, a very small thread that began to bridge large patches that holds this case together in a most compelling manner. Yes it was very exciting. George has had significant counsel throughout these twenty eight years. None as emotionally committed to right a wrong as Roy Black. Let us wait patiently and see if Mr. Blacks impressive performance that day in court brakes this grand-fathered hold the federal system has on George Martorano’s life. If there ever was a case to inspire the pursuit of justice in the long career of Roy Black this will be one of them.

  5. Denise's Gravatar Denise
    March 18, 2011 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Criminal defense is fascinating after attending a few trials. It’s amazing how attorney’s differ in a trial. Happy I found your link!

  6. Sammy Levis's Gravatar Sammy Levis
    March 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Great idea! Looking forward to the Blog. Sometimes layman’s opinion are the best.

  7. April 4, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Roy, congratulations on starting your blog. I have read all your posts and really enjoyed them. It is nice to read posts from a lawyer who actually tries cases. There is nothing like experience when it comes to trial work. Keep up the good work!

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