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Founder of Oyez.org seeks new manager and large purchase price

WSJ Law Blog: “For Sale: 61 years of Supreme Court oral arguments, including audio, transcripts and a suite of multimedia tools. It’s not on Craigslist yet, but Jerry Goldman says options are narrowing for Oyez.org, the private online archive of Supreme Court materials he has been building since the early 1990s and providing free to the public. Mr. Goldman, 70 years old, retires from teaching in May, and when he goes so does Oyez, currently hosted at Chicago-Kent College of Law. The project, which has two full-time staff members and several student employees, costs between $300,000 and $500,000 annually to operate, he says. The sticking point, however, isn’t the annual budget; Harvard Law School, for one, has offered to pick up the operating cost. But Mr. Goldman also wants to be paid for the sweat he’s put into his baby–or at least the intellectual property it represents—something he estimates is worth well over $1 million…”

Ravel law – California Case Law Now Live

Daniel Lewis – Jan 20, 2016: “We just took a big step forward in making the law freely and easily available. Starting today, as part of the Harvard-Ravel digitization project, the comprehensive, authoritative collection of California case law is available online at Ravel. For the first time, anyone can search and read all California courtContinue Reading

Clinic Works With Law Scholars to Argue Against Copyright in Legal Codes

Cyberlaw Clinic – Harvard Law School – [January 16, 2016], “the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic, on behalf of a group of esteemed law scholars, filed an amicus brief (pdf) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) v. Public.Resource.org. Amici argue in the briefContinue Reading

IRE 2015 Philip Meyer Award winners for data-driven investigation

IRE is proud to announce the 2015 Philip Meyer Award winners – “A data-driven investigation that exposed the human cost of school resegregation in central Florida is the first-place winner of the 2015 Philip Meyer Journalism Award. Investigations that explored the growth of diversity in American cities and revealed the small cadre of attorneys whoContinue Reading

Prosecution of Corporate Crime Varies Widely by Location, Program and Agency

“Federal prosecutors routinely fail to send agency referrals of alleged corporate criminal conduct on to the courts, according to an analysis of hundreds of thousands of Justice Department records for the five-year period covering fiscal years 2010 through 2014. The study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) also found very wide variations in theContinue Reading

Criminal Immigration Prosecutions Fall 22 Percent

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – “The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during November 2015, the government reported 4,861 new immigration prosecutions. This represents a drop of 13.2 percent from the previous month, and is down 22.3 percent from November 2014. The top five districts for criminal immigration prosecutions continue to beContinue Reading

CRS – Separation of Powers: An Overview

Separation of Powers: An Overview. Matthew E. Glassman, Analyst on the Congress. January 8, 2016. “Congress’s role and operation in national politics is fundamentally shaped by the design and structure of the governing institution in the Constitution. One of the key principles of the Constitution is separation of powers. The doctrine is rooted in aContinue Reading

CRS – Juvenile Justice Funding Trends

Juvenile Justice Funding Trends. Kristin Finklea, Specialist in Domestic Security. January 8, 2016. “Although juvenile justice has always been administered by the states, Congress has had significant influence in the area through funding for grant programs administered by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The Juvenile Justice andContinue Reading

Class action against Pacer claims inflated fees

Via Top Class Actions: “A class action lawsuit has been filed accusing the Public Access to Courts Electronic Records system (PACER)—the online database created and run by the U.S. government to allow access to federal court records—of systematically overcharging its customers. The PACER system normally charges 10 cents ($0.10) per page to view a document,Continue Reading

No Longer a Neutral Magistrate: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the Wake of the War on Terror

Mondale, Walter F. and Stein, Robert A. and Fisher, Caitlinrose, No Longer a Neutral Magistrate: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the Wake of the War on Terror (January 1, 2016). Minnesota Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2712892 Since the founding of our nation, the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of governmentContinue Reading

Rhetoric and Law

Rhetoric and Law – The double life of Richard Posner, America’s most contentious legal reformer by Lincoln Caplan – January-February 2016, Harvard Magazine “…His ideas about judges and judging command attention because of his authority as a thinker and a doer. His approach to law, some legal scholars contend, makes the field worthy of aContinue Reading

FOIA Lawsuits Reach Record High

“Freedom of Information complaints filed against the government — 498 in FY 2015 — are higher than they have ever been, according to a new analysis of fifteen years of court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The data further show that in the two-year period of FY 2014 – 2015 under PresidentContinue Reading