Wednesday, June 08, 2005

On The Courthouse Steps

Welcome to the new blog for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Missouri. Consider this an on-line press briefing, sort of a virtual courthouse steps, where reporters and editors can find more information they need to make coverage decisions. This site doesn't replace our existing "official" Web site, where we will continue to post news releases and other information. Instead, this site will operate more informally, mostly to provide information that doesn't typically generate a news release -- such as motions filed or hearings scheduled.

Our ambitious intention is to post a daily summary of court activity (trials, sentencings, etc.), as well as tracking some of the more significant cases to give you a heads up on upcoming events. We'll link to Department of Justice news releases and reports that have local interest, as well as to on-line news coverage of our office. Along the way, we'll try to explain some of the laws and policies that govern our media relations.

I'm sure we'll find even more uses for this blog. I'd like to hear your suggestions. Hopefully, by doing our job better, we'll make your job easier, too.