Query: what sites should I be linking more?

by Walter Olson on April 4, 2013

We don’t do many open threads here at Overlawyered, but here’s one with a specific focus: what sites should I be looking to more often for links?

Regular readers will notice that I frequently link to perhaps 40 or 50 blogs that I follow regularly, as well as to some news outlets with generous or no paywall policies (though the oft-linked Washington Post, e.g., will alas be ringing down the curtain soon on its no-paywall policy). I tend to avoid linking to strictly paywalled sites, even important ones like the WSJ, since I know most readers will not be able to follow the links.

I also link frequently to news sources from certain parts of the country from which friends and readers regularly send me clips, such as central Florida. Alert readers may possibly have deduced that there are some popular sites that I do *not* link to if I can possibly avoid it, even though readers often send me clips from those places. Often this is because those sites too often associate themselves with factually unreliable content. Meanwhile, I do sometimes link to some sites like the U.K. Daily Mail that predictably generate “how can you link to those awful people” comments, even when I am linking to an AP story or when the content of a piece can be fully confirmed elsewhere.

Your opinions?

{ 7 comments }

1 John Burgess 04.04.13 at 12:41 pm

FourthAmendment.com might be of interest. It’s a little more liberal in its analysis than I personally prefer, but it covers a lot of ground.

2 Farside 04.04.13 at 1:33 pm

http://www.fear.org/ website deals with asset forfeiture by government. It’s an interesting site.

3 John Burgess 04.04.13 at 5:54 pm

A Cato site that might be of interest is Police Misconduct. It lists, daily, instances where our finest aren’t at their best.

If you could find some way to get judges and juries to read this site, it might prove useful as a reminder that police remain fallibly human.

4 Richard Nieporent 04.04.13 at 8:25 pm

There are a series of blogs that are run by John Ray, Ph.D., an Australian, that cover a lot of topics that are also addressed here such as education, the environment, political correctness and guns. His blogs include education watch, tongue tied, greenie watch, and gun watch. He primarily covering events in Australia, the U.K. and the USA.

http://edwatch.blogspot.com/
http://snorphty.blogspot.com/
http://antigreen.blogspot.com/
http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/

5 Tom Z 04.04.13 at 8:29 pm

Although not a legal-focused site, the Register does jump on technology issues quickly and is not partisan or paywalled. It would more of a source of hot topics than legal analysis.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/

And Mr. Burgess, thanks for pointing out Police Misconduct. I have occasionally read CopBlock, but that site is overwhelmed by uninformed people and those who deliberately create confrontations in order to goad misconduct.

And of course, everything at ij.org is well done, but the frequency of new info isn’t great.

6 Isabelle 04.06.13 at 11:14 am

I used to represent people on death row. You cannot believe anything Amnesty sends out. We’d read about our clients in an Amnesty news release and would not have recognized them but for the name.

7 Walter Olson 04.06.13 at 10:14 pm

Thanks for these helpful suggestions. PoliceMisconduct.net is indeed a tremendous site, deserving of a wide readership — it’s put out right down the hall from my own office at the Cato Institute.

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