In an apparent first, Supreme Court opinion includes link shortener
An impassioned dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor got lots of attention this week in reports about the Supreme Court decision allowing the admission of evidence seized after an unlawful police stop.
Now Justice Elena Kagan’s dissent in Utah v. Strieff is also getting some attention, Fortune reports. She used a Google link shortener in her dissent when referring to a story about police warrants. She appears to be the first justice to use a link shortener, according to Josh Blackman’s Blog.
The shortened link is http://goo.gl/3Yq3Nd and the actual link is http://www.nbcnews.com/id/18013262/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/pa-database-million-warrants-unserved/#.V2gtfOakX76.
The link was in the respondent’s merits brief, according to a second story by Josh Blackman’s Blog. Google tracks how many clicks it received. There were fewer than 10 clicks before the dissent was published, and more than 40 clicks afterward, according to the blog post, which was published on the day of the Supreme Court decision. Users who clicked weren’t confined to the United States; clicks also came from China, Germany and Canada.
Hat tip to How Appealing.