TalkLeft describes itself as the “Online magazine with liberal coverage of crime-related political and injustice news.” Created in 2000 by Colorado-based criminal defense attorney Jeralyn Merritt ,
Written by Merritt, contributors to TalkLeft also include T. Christopher Kelly and Armando Llorens. Kelly is an attorney in Madison, Wisc., and was the lead attorney in the United States v. Booker, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned mandatory federal sentencing guidelines. Llorens is a litigation attorney in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and writes under the pseudonym “Big Ten Democrat.”
Merrit has also written for The Huffington Post, Salon.com and Rocky Mountain News and was a guest online moderator for the Washington Post
TalkLeft is read by 136,000 people each month and since 2002 the site has received more than 20 million visitors, with pageviews topping 40 million. Its audience is journalists, policy makers, and liberal-leaning attorneys who practice criminal defense law.
TalkLeft took its current form in 2002. It examines political and legislative issues related to criminal and constitutional rights and exposes what it claims are injustices in the criminal justice system.
Recent posts include comment on how President Obama may change his mind about closing the marine base at Guantanamo, Cuba , and how the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of an appeal by Enron’s Jeffry Skilling to the fraud statute.
Merritt was one of the first bloggers accredited to cover a federal trial in the case of the U.S. v Lewis “Scooter” Libby. TalkLeft was accredited to cover the 2008 Democratic National Convention and the site is cross-linked to other websites across the country.
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