ABC News, Philadelphia Inquirer, KYW AM and the "Fort Dix Six"
When the Philadelphia Inquirer needed legal communications perspective on the groundbreaking decision by the Hon. Robert B. Kugler to make all the evidence in the "Fort Dix Six" trial available in realtime it called me for comment.
The front-page article was headlined, "In a U.S. first, the judge wants to make evidence available on a site as soon as it's introduced."
. . ."Legal and journalism experts say nothing similar has ever been attempted in the federal judiciary, and they said these moves could be the first step in bringing the federal courts - and the reporters covering them- into the multimedia world.
"It sounds audacious and sensible at the same time," said Richard Lavinthal,a legal public relations consultant. "It's really what the Internet was meant for. It's a pure information medium, and I really tip my hat to Judge Kugler."
Lavinthal, a former spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey during the tenures of Samuel Alito and Michael Chertoff, created the first Web site for federal prosecutors in the mid-1990s."
I've linked to the story on http://www.PRforLAW.com
On Tuesday, ABC News originated its own story on Judge Kugler's plans, calling me because of my early use of the Internet at the U.S. Attorney's Public Affairs Office and development of the first breaking news Web site of its kind.
That report is also linked at http://www.PRforLAW.com
KYW AM the highest rated radio station in the Philadelphia market grabbed a couple of sound bites from me after reading the Inquirer story about the Fort Dix case.
A link to the KYW hard copy that was published is also available at http://www.PRforLAW.com