Saturday, September 16, 2006


The Supreme Court will post transcripts of oral arguments on its Web site the same day they occur, beginning in October.

The change, long desired by court watchers, comes as Chief Justice John Roberts begins his second term at the head of the court.

The court occasionally has made available audio tapes on the day of argument in major cases. Usually, however, arguments have been transcribed from audio recordings and made available roughly two weeks later.

Now, a court reporter will sit in the elegant courtroom to speed the process and attempt to sort out which of the nine justices is interrupting a lawyer arguing the case.

But my celebratory mood was dampened by the last paragraph:

There is no indication that justices are prepared to relent on another matter of media interest. Television cameras still are barred from the court.

Say it isn't so! I still won't get to see the nine justices sitting down and listening to lawyers talk? Oh, I can only hold out so long!

[Edit] Whoa. The UofL Law Library has Supreme Court briefs? Gah! Now I must go back there!

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