About Scott Martelle and “Voir Dire”
“Voir dire” is a Latin phrase that refers to an oath to tell the truth. (It is used in U.S. legal circles to describe the process by which attorneys select members of a jury by asking questions and expecting the truth to be told in response.) Scott Martelle’s blog is called “Voir Dire” as he will write the truth about issues affecting consumer justice.
Martelle is a veteran journalist, including 12 years at the Los Angeles Times where he helped cover three presidential campaigns, two gubernatorial races and two U.S. Senate races. As a freelancer, he has written for the LA Times, Publishers Weekly, Sierra magazine and other outlets. Martelle also just completed his second history book, “The Fear Within,” about the first of the Cold War-era Smith Act trials of American communists (forthcoming from Rutgers University Press). His first book, “Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West,” was published in 2007 to rave reviews. He lives in Irvine, with his wife and their two sons.