Popehat (blog)

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Established in 2004, Popehat is an eclectic, law-oriented blog.[1] According to its tagline, Popehat is a "group complaint about law, liberty, and leisure". The primary blogger, Ken White, writes about law, scams, and freedom of expression on the internet.[2]

After enjoying a low profile for many years, the blog came to widespread attention when it documented The Oatmeal and FunnyJunk legal dispute involving Charles Carreon.[3] It has also covered Swatting,[4] IsAnybodyDown?,[5] Prenda Law,[6] Scam letters[7] and SLAPP issues.[8] The blog sometimes helps arrange pro bono counsel for affected bloggers (the "Popehat Signal"[9]) including PZ Myers.[10]

It has been repeatedly linked by Boing Boing, Reddit, Instapundit, John Scalzi, Techdirt, and others and was included in the ABA Journal "Blawg 100" in 2011,[11] 2012,[12] 2013,[13] and 2014.[14]

The blog was originally anonymous[15] but Ken's identity later became known.[16] Ken's fellow (active) bloggers (anonymous or known to various degrees) include Patrick, Grandy, David, Clark, and a bovine character named Via Angus.

Ken White was a federal prosecutor before moving into private practice.[17] [18]


  1. ^ "About Popehat". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Posts by author Ken White". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  3. ^ "The Oatmeal v. FunnyJunk". Popehat. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  4. ^ "The Kimberlin Saga". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Is Anybody Down?". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Prenda Law". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Anatomy of a Scam". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Anti-SLAPP". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  9. ^ "The Popehat Signal". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  10. ^ Last word for now
  11. ^ "The 5th Annual Blawg 100". ABA Journal. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  12. ^ "The 6th Annual Blawg 100". ABA Journal. 2012-12-01. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  13. ^ "The 7th Annual Blawg 100". ABA Journal. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  14. ^ "The 2014 ABA Journal Blawg 100". ABA Journal. 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  15. ^ "Why I Blog Anonymously, And Why It's OK: Ed Whelan of NRO Outs Blogger Publius of Obsidian Wings". Popehat. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  16. ^ O'Keefe, Kevin (2011-12-30). "Popehat unmasked : For a good cause". Kevin.lexblog.com. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  17. ^ "IAmA Federal Criminal Defense Attorney And Former Federal Prosecutor - Ask Me (Almost) Anything! : IAmA". Reddit.com. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  18. ^ "Kenneth White". Brownwhitelaw.com. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 

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