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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Courts - "Clever piece of code exposes hidden changes to Supreme Court opinions"

Jeff John Roberts writes in Gigaom about a newly devised little robot that watches the opinions of SCOTUS which have been posted to the SCOTUS website, and reports any change. Results are reported through a Twitter account. From the story:

Last week, [David Zvenyach] launched @Scotus_servo, a Twitter account that alerts followers whenever a change is made to a Supreme Court opinion.

The process is fairly simple. As Zvenyach explained in a phone interview, it uses Node, an application written in JavaScript, to crawl the “slip” opinions posted to the Supreme Court website. If the application, which performs a crawl every five minutes, detects a change, it notifies the automated Twitter account, which tweets out an alert.

Shortly after, Zvenyach sends out a manual tweet that calls attention to the change — something he has already had to do ...

ILB: A similar tool would be quite easy to implement to watch our Supreme Court's opinions.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 12, 2014 02:18 PM
Posted to Courts in general