US Supreme Court judgments: changed after the fact

For the "did you know?" file:

A few months back, the New York Times published an article explaining that the US Supreme Court has a habit of revising its decisions, without any public notice of the change. The article notes that some legal publishers do receive updated versions, but the specifics of this are not discussed.

Hein Online, for one, responded with a blog post of their own to point out that their database includes both the original judgment texts as well as updated versions.

Something to keep in mind when doing US case law research!

For more information and some examples, see:

Liptak, Adam. “Final Word on U.S. Law Isn’t: Supreme Court Keeps Editing.” The New York Times, May 24, 2014.

"The US Supreme Court Does What?!" Hein Online Blog, June 20, 2014. 


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