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Monday, May 23, 2016

Ind. Courts - Is it time for the 7th Circuit to move to videocasts of its oral arguments, kindof like Indiana has been doing for years?

As reported in this May 20th story by Kristine Guerra in the Indianapolis Star, sub-headed "Jared Fogle, the former Subway pitchman, is asking a federal appeals court to shorten his nearly 16-year prison sentence":

[Fogle's attorney, Ron] Elberger and Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve DeBrota presented opposing arguments Friday in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. The hearing, which lasted less than 30 minutes with almost no questions from the appellate judges, came about six months after Pratt sentenced Fogle in November. * * *

The appellate judges will issue a ruling on Fogle's request at a later date

The long story never identifies the judges on the 7th Circuit panel.

ILB: A reader who was listening to the oral argument sent me a note Friday:

Listening now. Fogle's lawyer went 7 minutes and sat down. Not a single question. Judge then welcomes the government lawyer to the bench using the wrong name (using the guy's name who just sat down).
Yes, you can listen to the 7th Circuit oral arguments, live and archived, via the Court's official website. It is pretty bare bones. Here is the link to the oral argument May 20th in USA v. Jared S. Fogle, click the link and the argument begins instantly, on a black page. No indication of who is on the panel, or who are the lawyers. And of course, no video.

It is possible to find out this information by using PACER, as I did in the instance:

But that still doesn't help to tell who is saying what, unless you already are familiar with the voices of the various speakers.

When the 7th Circuit first began making its oral arguments available via MP3s, it was ahead of its time, insofar as the federal circuits were concerned. But now, maybe it is time for the 7th Circuit to move into the 21st Century.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 23, 2016 10:03 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions