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  Wednesday, July 17, 2002

The Politics of Crime, a very interesting "on-line source for liberal coverage of crime-related political and injustice news," contained a blurb yesterday to this report from the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  Section 1001(3) of the USA PATRIOT Act, P.L. 107-56, requires this office to make semi-annual reports to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on possible PATRIOT Act civil rights or civil liberties complaints against DOJ employees and officials.  This is the first report, covering Oct. 26, 2001 to June 15, 2002.  During this period, OIG received 458 complaints suggesting "Patriot Act-related civil rights or civil liberties connection." They opened nine investigations; four are briefly described.  Section 1001 also required DOJ to publicize the complaint program.  The report details what OIG has done in that regard.

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Just ran across a library blog yesterday called Bibliolatry, run by a Canadian librarian, Amanda Etches-Johnson.  Today, she had a link to a list of library blogs maintained by Peter Scott, the Internet Projects Manager in the University of Saskatchewan Library.  The list is part of Peter's Weblog Compendium site. Peter is also the editor and compiler of LibDex, "a worldwide directory of library homepages, web-based OPACs, Friends of the Library pages, and library e-commerce affiliate links." Useful stuff.

3:04:52 PM comment []   

Online Resources for Lawyers

Check out Howard Bashman's recent articles on Technology & Appellate Litigation and Online Appellate Court Resources.  Howard points out how technology is transforming the practice of law for appellate lawyers, and discusses the online resources available through various court websites.  He also has a series of articles on various topics of interest to the appellate practitioner available here, among which is an article on how to write better appellate briefs.  I highly recommend these resources to law students, moot court students, and anyone who is interested in learning the craft of legal writing. [Via Ernie the Attorney]

It's taken me too long to post this, but the articles and links are good.  If I haven't said it before, every lawyer with any kind of appellate practice, all law librarians, and even law faculty should keep a close watch on Howard's How Appealing blog.  It's the best.  Howard recently posted this comment about appellate court websites:

Two federal appellate courts at the forefront of these developments are the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Both courts' Web sites make available for public online access the parties' appellate briefs and audio feeds of appellate oral arguments. Indeed, one of these two courts has even evaded the unfortunate requirement that supposedly forces federal appellate courts to charge for docket access. Bringing up the rear: At the other end of the spectrum is the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While the Eleventh Circuit now has a quite lovely looking Web site, you need an advanced degree in computer science to figure out how to access that court's current rulings. And, unlike every other federal appellate court today, the Eleventh Circuit does not allow an Internet user easy access to that court's published opinions on the day of issuance. Indeed, I have found that the easiest way for me to access the Eleventh Circuit's rulings is not to visit the Eleventh Circuit's Web site, but rather to visit this page on FindLaw.

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