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BEFORE LIBBY, I BLOGGED TOBACCO CASES To the editor: Last week a commentary in Legal Times noted in reference to the Scooter Libby trial: “For the first time ever in a federal court case, bloggers were officially welcomed as equals with newspaper and broadcast reporters” (“ You Read It Here First?” Feb. 26, Page 66). This is inaccurate. I had a blogging seat in the press room of that very courthouse in September 2004 as a credentialed online journalist. The result: I blogged the nine-month trial of United States v. Philip Morris USA ( www.tobacco-on-trial.com). I was referenced in this capacity in The New York Times on Oct. 28, 2004. Similarly, I was credentialed to attend and report on the U.S. Supreme Court session that heard the Philip Morris USA v. Williams arguments on Oct. 31, 2006. Also similarly, I have been granted access to the press room for Schwab v. Philip Morris USA (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York). I have always been treated with grace and respect by every courtroom officer I have dealt with and have usually received my credentials within days, sometimes minutes. Not years. I had no need of an organization. Gene Borio Tobacco.org New York, N.Y.

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