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Want to know about changes to SCOTUS rulings? There’s a Twitter account for that

Posted Jun 16, 2014 6:15 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A study publicized last month found that Supreme Court opinions are sometimes revised years later, with no notice to the public.

Lawyer David Zvenyach, general counsel to the Council of the District of Columbia, looked for a solution. He used an application called Node to crawl slip opinions from the Supreme Court’s website every five minutes, Gigaom reports in a story noted by Josh Blackman’s Blog and TechDirt. The changes are automatically noted on Twitter at the account @Scotus_servo.

The Twitter account has noted a change in quotation marks from a single to a double quote and the addition of the phrase, “consistent with the opinion.”

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.

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