“On November 10, 1893, The Washington Post identified an emerging technology that was reshaping American society: Pneumatics!” This is how Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. began his 2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, in which he announced a long-overdue move to put court documents online. But he stopped well short of embracing other obvious improvements, such as live video or audio from the Supreme Court chamber. […]
The justices consider cases of national importance, the outcomes of which can affect millions of Americans, and they do it with taxpayer money. Yet the court stands out in its refusal to ease access to and understanding of the public proceedings that it conducts.