At the National Law Journal, Professor Richard Hasen thinks the Supreme Court should be a bit more transparent when it makes changes to published opinions.
[T]he Supreme Court, which is, after all, an accountable public body, should take four basic steps to make its actions more transparent. None of these steps would require release of any private information about the court’s deliberations, or even the justices’ privately recorded certiorari votes ….
He’s absolutely right. The fact that the U.S. Supreme Court can change its opinions without telling anyone is ridiculous. As Hasen rightly points out, these changes should be announced to the public (not just to the press corps).
His other suggestions — making court filings available to the public and easier to find on the SCOTUS website, and announce the schedule and release of opinions and orders — make a lot of sense, too.
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