It's not the stories I mind.* It's some of the comments that people post that bother me--and not because of the text of the comments. What bothers me is that the comments are posted anonymously. Some of those comments are posted by people who appear to have a connection to Boyd.
Here's what I don't get: no one forces anyone to post anything on a blog. Posting on a blog isn't a course requirement. One doesn't have to write blog posts to get admitted to the bar, or to stay in good standing with the bar. Blog posts are voluntary acts.
Because posting is voluntary, I consider anonymous posting to be mobbing behavior. I consider anonymous posting by law-trained people to be particularly repugnant.
Lawyers have to sign their names to their work. They sign pleadings. (And, in federal court, they're signing those pleadings with an understanding that Rule 11 applies to them.) Even transactional lawyers create drafts that they forward to the other side under their own names. For better or worse, what a lawyer does is inextricably linked to his or her reputation.
What of those lawyers who are posting their thoughts about judges, and doing so anonymously? I suppose that they're posting anonymously because they're afraid of running afoul of ethics rules like this one (Nevada Rule of Professional Conduct 8.2):
Judicial and Legal Officials.
(a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.