Posts tagged with "Supreme Court"

US Supreme Court moving to digital filing system in 2016

By: Terrence O’Brien

91222902The Supreme Court of the US has stuck stubbornly to its ways. No cameras in the court room, a paper filing system, those robes… which are so last century. That may begin to change over the next couple of years however. In a year-end report released Wednesday night, Chief Justice John Roberts said that the court would begin accepting electronic filings as early as 2016. The court will have to first develop the system, then it will be rolled out in stages. At first paper documents will be used as the default, but those represented by attorneys in the court will also have to file the same documents electronically. Once that trial proves successful, digital documents will become the default for everyone. Though, paper filings will still be required. As Justice Roberts explained in the report, “Unlike commercial enterprises, the courts cannot decide to serve only the most technically-capable or well-equipped segments of the public… the courts must remain open for those who do not have access to personal computers.” Continue reading

The Unscientific Science of Jury Selection

By: Jane C. HU

In 2012, Jodi Arias was tried for the 2008 murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, and her story was everywhere. The grisly details of Alexander’s murder, lurid details about their sex life, and the drama of their break-up were all revealed in the trial, live-streamed online. Lifetime even turned her case into a movie. Arias was convicted on first-degree murder, and, by the end of the year, a jury will determine whether she should be sentenced to execution. Continue reading

China’s Copyright Laws. A Very Useful Primer, With A Music Twist.

By Dan Harris

The China Music Business Blog (who knew?) just did a post by University of Oregon Law School Professor Eric Priest. Priest’s bio notes that he previously “worked in the Chinese music industry as a consultant, entrepreneur, and producer.”

Priest’s post (paper) is entitled, Making Amends: China Music Copyright Law Primer, and it is broken out into the following sections:

  • The Development of PRC Copyright Law
  • Copyright Law Since China’s Entry into the WTO
  • Copyright Enforcement—Administrative and Judicial Enforcement Routes
  • Internet Enforcement

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10 Most Important U.S. Supreme Court Cases for Journalists

By Marie Willsey

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” Frederick Douglass, 1860.

Douglass’ words echo the beliefs of the founding fathers, who considered freedom of the press so important that they established its rights in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The press played an important role in the events leading up to and during the American Revolution, when newspapers helped spread information about the struggle for independence from Great Britain across the colonies. The founders fought to preserve the very freedoms that helped the young nation to gain support for its ideals. Continue reading