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The identity of the blogger behind the judicial gossip site “Underneath Their Robes” was outed by The New Yorker last week to much fanfare, but it wasn’t a surprise to everyone. First off � and in contradiction to his online persona � the blogger known as “Article III Groupie,” or “A3G,” for short, is not a gossip-hungry female lawyer (he’s a man). And second, he doesn’t work at a big firm. In fact, David Lat is a federal prosecutor in New Jersey. This came as a big surprise to most A3G groupies, although many news outlets (including The New York Times) pointed out that Richard Posner, a 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judge, speculated last year that the blogger was a man. But for one 9th Circuit judge, there was no mystery. “I knew about a year ago,” says Judge Alex Kozinski, who bestowed the A3G shorthand to Lat’s online persona. It turns out that during Kozinski’s attempt to get nominated for A3G’s list of federal judiciary “superhotties” (he eventually won), one of the judge’s clerks � a Lat law school classmate � had a hunch. And an e-mail trace proved him right. But Kozinski kept quiet, he says, out of fear that outing the blogger would bring her � um, him � professional repercussions. No word yet on whether the blog, which was taken down abruptly last week, will return.
Justin Scheck is a reporter for The Recorder , a sister ALM publication.

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