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    A gift from the boys upstairs: 1.8 Million US Court Rulings Now Online For a long time now, lawyers and any serious law sutdents have been bound to paid
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 19 7:15 PM
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      A gift from the boys upstairs:

      1.8 Million US Court Rulings Now Online

      "For a long time now, lawyers and any serious law sutdents have been bound
      to paid services like LexusNexis for access to case law, but that is
      slowly changing. Carl Malamud has posted free electronic copies of every
      U.S. Supreme Court decision and Court of Appeals ruling since 1950, 1.8
      million rulings in all, online for free. While the rulings themselves have
      long been government works not subject to copyright, coruts still charge
      several cents per page for copies and they're incovnenient to access, so
      lawyers usually turn to legal publishers which are more expensive but more
      convenient, providing helpful things like notes about related cases,
      summaries of the holdings, and information about if and when the case was
      overturned. This free database is not Carl's first, either. He convinced
      the SEC to provide EDGAR, and helped get both the Smithsonian and
      Congressional hearings online."

      http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/08/02/19/1556212.shtml

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