Two bloggers to cover Libby trial
January 11th, 2007

In something of a round-up story about bloggers and courts, the Washington Post today discusses bloggers as journalists, the possibility of liable suits against bloggers and other matters. The lede for the article reports a first, as bloggers will have two reserved seats at the Libby trial that starts next week:

When the trial of Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice opens next week, scores of journalists are expected to throng the federal courtroom in Washington, far too many for the 100 seats set aside for the media.

But for the first time in a federal court, two of these seats will be reserved for bloggers. After two years of negotiations with judicial officials across the country, the Media Bloggers Association, a nonpartisan group with about 1,000 members working to extend the powers of the press to bloggers, has won credentials to rotate among his members. The trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the highest-ranking Bush administration official to face criminal charges, could “catalyze” the association’s efforts to win respect and access for bloggers in federal and state courthouses, said Robert Cox, the association’s president.


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