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Oyez! Listen to major Supreme Court cases

April 24, 2013, at 9:48 PM

Wow. An early version of this post was replete with errors. And it's a tiny post! So apologies all around. A corrected version is below.

The near-real-time release of Supreme Court audio is a recent development, but the court (who knew?) has been taping its sessions for more than 60 years. And now, everyone else can enjoy reams and reams of historical arguments and cases that heretofore were only given to historians, and even then, quite selectively.

The Oyez Project, supported by the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, has mined the National Archives and put them all together — hundreds of cases since 1955. And the Supreme Court will add the cases to its website by next week, according to NPR.

If you've ever wanted to hear how Roe v. Wade was argued, your feast will be bountiful. 

Or Gideon v. Wainwright, which formalized the right to counsel. Or Griswold v. Connecticut, which formalized the right to contraception and expanded the legal definition of the right to privacy. Or New York Times v. Sullivan, which clarified libel law. They're all there.

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