About a year ago Scott Greenfield put the call out for new talent at this website he’d co founded with Lee Pacchia called “Fault Lines.” The thing that made Fault Lines so unique, so different from all the other blawgs and websites was that its contributors came from all walks of the criminal justice system, and were active participants in it. I’ve always been a writer at heart, and I loved Scott’s blawg Simple Justice, so I thought I’d reach out to him and see if he was interested in taking on a “baby lawyer” to his new team.
“Maybe. Send me something. I might say no” was the response I got back.
That evening I dashed off a piece on the A.J. Johnson rape case, Stephen Ross Johnson’s trial strategy, and how it all framed against the Christian/Newsom murders in Knoxville. Scott’s response was quick back:
“I want you to write for me. You have two days a week. Get your pieces in by 5 PM the day before. Don’t miss deadlines.”
Tomorrow’s piece is my one year anniversary at Fault Lines. Below you’ll find some links to some of the favorite stories I’ve worked on over the last year. Before I get to that, a bit of thanks are in order.
First, to Scott Greenfield: Thank you for giving me a shot, thank you for letting me write as much as I wanted, and thank you for kicking my ass repeatedly to make me a better writer. The difference between that first post and the drafts I send in now are night and day.
To Lee Pacchia: Thank you for helping give Fault Lines some web space. Thank you for putting me on podcasts and video spots on the YouTube channel. The stuff you’ve done has made a difference in our world.
To all my co-contributors, past and present: Thank you for your contributions to Fault Lines. Without you I wouldn’t have as much fun as I do on a regular basis with the site.
And finally, to you, the readers: Thank you each and every week for your comments and contributions to what we do. Our work is there to make sure that you walk away a little smarter at Fault Lines.
Here’s to another great years’ worth of work pointing out the cracks in the criminal justice system. Let’s do another anniversary post in a year to see how far it goes.
Some of my favorite posts:
Don’t forget my spat with the Indigent Defense Task Force:
There was the first ever co-post at Fault Lines with Andrew Fleischman:
And my favorite “joke post” at Fault Lines:
Let’s do this again in August 2017.