THE PRIVACY PAPERS

“We may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people; and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure, for a limited period, or during good behaviour.”
James Madison, Federalist Number 39, 1788
06.19.09
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RESPONSE
From the Honorable James Duff.
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05.21.09
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REQUEST
To the Honorable Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.
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05.21.09
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REQUEST
To the Administrative Office of the Courts.
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05.20.09
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FOIA
To the Department of Justice.
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05.19.09
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REFERRAL
From the Honorable Chief Judge of the District Court of the District of Columbia
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05.08.09
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PETITION
For the Honorable Chief Judge of the District Court of the District of Columbia
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03.31.09
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RESPONSE
Joint Letter in Response to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
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03.09.09
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RECEIPT
From the Honorable Chief Judge Susan J. Diott
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02.27.09
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DEMAND
The Honorable Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
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02.20.09
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PETITION
For the Honorable Chief Judge of the District Court of the District of Columbia
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02.05.09
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RECEIPT
From the Honorable Clerk of the Central District of Illinois.
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02.04.09
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4th Notice
The Honorable Clerk of the Central District of Illinois. Hello?
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02.04.09
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APPEAL
Appeal to the Chief Judge of the Middle District of Alabama.
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01.28.09
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RECEIPT
From the District Court for the District of the District of Columbia. Yow!
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12.30.08
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3rd Notice
For the District Court for the District of the District of Columbia.
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12.18.08
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3rd Notice
For the District Court for the Central District of Illinois.
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12.18.08
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3rd Notice
For the District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
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11.17.08
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Appeal
From Professor Peter Martin of the Cornell Law School.
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10.24.08
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2nd Notice
Level 1 Partial Audit of 32 District Courts
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10.03.08
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Audit 2
Preliminary Audit Findings of 12 District Courts
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08.07.08
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RECEIPT
Letter from the Clerk of the Fifth Circuit
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08.06.08
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RECEIPT
Letter from the Clerk of the Second Circuit
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07.16.08
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RECEIPT
Letter from the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal
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05.03.08
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Audit 1
Audit of Circuit Court Opinions
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“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”
Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Other People's Money, 1914

10/2008: A Cleaner Pacer

32 Districts
District Number of PDF Files Number of HTML Files Number of Pages Number of Gigabytes Number of Gigabytes Number of Pages Number of HTML Files Number of PDF Files District
akd 54,434 15,976 293,045 10.0 39.0 956,991 26,719 139,471 almd
azd 67,181 95,927 532,604 16.0 55.0 1,486,510 38,105 192,607 cand
casd 90,346 57,666 620,522 21.0 18.0 609,624 66,779 87,134 cod
cofc 85,686 79,216 613,040 27.0 16.0 546,083 59,159 78,158 ctd
dcd 220,340 50,460 1,423,178 69.0 68.0 1,225,609 81,669 183,618 ded
flsd 36,632 3,081 231,298 5.6 6.7 164,855 14,223 32,889 gud
hid 47,448 45,977 324,971 12.0 52.0 1,530,197 95,843 193,049 ilcd
ilnd 159,562 25,589 828,186 31.0 1.1 41,097 12,365 6,590 laed
mad 217,701 32,139 1,643,126 54.0 15.0 553,404 166,907 62,038 mdd
mnd 43,896 26,118 299,590 8.4 46.0 1,018,050 139,365 141,041 njd
nmid 8,556 5,760 59,064 1.7 73.0 2,154,572 59,001 238,404 nysd
ohsd 19,220 11,511 152,009 4.8 1.2 112,762 112,762 0 ord
paed 20,901 7,714 200,630 3.4 4.2 118,659 6,174 13,423 pamd
pawd 18,482 24,706 173,301 5.3 2.6 106,216 44,713 19,776 prd
rid 90,187 60,890 622,755 20.0 11.0 239,544 9,878 35,279 txsd
vaed 2,367 267,111 281,857 3.9 34.0 692,811 69,718 100,015 vtd
735.9 GBYTES
19,856,160 PAGES
1,813,221 HTML FILES
2,706,431 PDF FILES
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02/2008: A Truly National Reporter

Locked Up Behind a Cash Register

If ever there was an oligopoly, Wexis is it, and the two companies that share the $6.5 billion market for access to U.S. law fight hard to keep their locks on tight. The lawyers in the big law firms and the salesmen from West and Lexis maintain that those who need access to the law are able to get it at an affordable price, but that is FUD in the extreme.

Countless government lawyers, public interest lawyers, and solo practitioners are quick to point out that they are priced out of the market and cannot afford access to the tools they need for their job. For the rest of us, the law truly has been locked up behind a cash register, affordable only to those who can pay the enormous price. We are a nation of laws, but the laws are not publicly available. This is a fundamental issue for democracy, for if we are a nation of laws, we must be able to consult the cases and codes of our government.

But, this is more than just about democracy, this is about innovation. The “market” for legal information is poorly served with the ancient, clunky services provided by the two market leaders. The entry price into the legal market is millions of dollars to access primary legal materials that any grad student or young entrepreneur ought to be able to simply download to their laptop and use to create a better mousetrap.

Our Privacy Policy

Are you here because you Googled yourself and found a court case you were involved with? We will not delete public records without a court order, but we have outlined a series of steps you can take that will prevent the case from showing up in general-purpose search engines.

Read Our Policy On Court Cases and Privacy.

Public.Resource.Org - A Nonprofit Corporation America's Operating System - February 8, 2008 - Creative Commons and Public.Resource.Org are pleased to announce the release of 50 years of courts of appeals decisions. The cases are stamped CC-Zero, indicating they are Works of the Government and in the Public Domain and me be reused without restriction. Creative Commons

PREVIOUSLY ON THE PAPER TRAIL

If we are to truly be a nation of laws then the cases and codes of the states and of the United States should must be open source[d].
12.09.08
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INQUIRY
Got video? Filed your taxes?
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04.02.08
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REJECTED
Your offer has no apparent value.
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03.18.08
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ACK
Thank you for thinking of us for your donation.
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03.11.08
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PING
Call Me!? Let's do lunch!
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04.03.08
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FAQ
PACER, A Billion- Dollar-Boondoggle?
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02.08.08
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YOWZA!
A 50-year archive of appellate decisions. And they validate!
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08.28.07
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RESPONSE
We “appreciate” your “awareness.”
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08.18.07
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SCAN
8000 dpi scan of 1000 pages of text.
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10.14.07
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QUERY
What exactly is it you “own?”
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xx.xx.07
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Report
Undated report of the Judiciary Information Technology Fund for 2006.
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New! The JC'S Bicentennial Docudrama!

The Judicial Conference Proudly Presents!

On the Occasion of the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution ...

These are the docudramas that shaped our nation's judiciary.
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Gibbons v. Ogden
Chief Justice Marshall interpreted the Constitution to give the Federal Government the duty to determine the rules of commerce.
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United States v. Aaron Burr
Strictly adhering to the Constitution, Marshall stepped between Burr and death, and the doors were closed against government abuse of the treason charge.
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McCulloch v. Maryland
In this unpopular decision, the Supreme Court dealt a great blow to a claim of states' rights by striking down a state's attempt to interfere with a legitimate federal activity.
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Marbury v. Madison
In this 1803 case the Supreme Court established its responsibility to review the constitutionality of acts of Congress.
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TRACKBACK

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Case Law in the Public Domain — Robert Ambrogi May 5, 2008
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Free Online Access to U.S. Court Decisions — Douglas S. Malan February 19, 2008
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D-Day: 1.8M Pages of Case Law Released — Robert Ambrogi February 11, 2008
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New Site 'Recycles' PACER Documents — Robert Ambrogi February 4, 2008
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Sophisticated Search for Public Domain Law — Robert Ambrogi January 30, 2008
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Changing the Online Legal Landscape — Robert Ambrogi January 23, 2008
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1.8M Pages of Federal Case Law to Go Public — Robert Ambrogi November 14, 2007
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Crashing the Wexis Gate — Robert Ambrogi August 23, 2007
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1.8 million rulings online -- and free — The Press Democrat February 13, 2008
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Freeing America's Operating System — Creative Commons February 11, 2008
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Announcement: 1.8 million pages of federal case law to become freely available — Public.Resource.Org November 14, 2007
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A Quest to Get More Court Rulings Online, and Free — New York Times August 20, 2007
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Score One for the Web's Don Quixote — New York Times November 14, 2007
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Court Decisions Online — Tim O'Reilly February 18, 2008
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Carl Malamud Takes on WestLaw — Tim O'Reilly August 19, 2007
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US Judiciary opts to spend millions on accessing its own records, available on the Web for free — Boing Boing April 4, 2008
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Loads more US caselaw online for free — Boing Boing March 16, 2008
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Creative Commons birthday announcements roundup — Boing Boing December 18, 2007
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1.8 million pages of US federal case law to go online for free — Boing Boing November 14, 2007
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Opening up the American lawbooks — Boing Boing August 23, 2007