Monday, September 8, 2014

Twitter Account Announces Changes To SCOTUS Opinions

Earlier this year, I posted about SCOTUS continuing to edit opinions after release.

From the NYTimes, "[t]he Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice. The revisions include 'truly substantive changes in factual statements and legal reasoning,' said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at Harvard and the author of a new study examining the phenomenon."

In June, the ABAJournal noted that there is a Twitter account that is tracking the changes made to opinions after release.

"Lawyer David Zvenyach, general counsel to the Council of the District of Columbia, looked for a solution [to notifying the public of changes to the opinions]. He used an application called Node to crawl slip opinions from the Supreme Court’s website every five minutes. The changes are automatically noted on Twitter at the account @Scotus_servo."

A a caveat, "TechDirt points out that the system only works when the Supreme Court updates its website with the latest changes, and that doesn’t always happen."

But this alert is better than nothing.

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