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obeygiant
08-21-2009, 10:30 PM
For us mere mortals that do not have access to PACER here is an addon for Firefox that will give you access to PACER documents that have been purchased and submitted to the Open Repository.

This does not give you unlimited access to all PACER documents but it will tell you if there is a free copy available.

RECAP extension for FireFox (https://www.recapthelaw.org/)

Frequently Asked Questions (https://www.recapthelaw.org/about/)

What is PACER?
PACER stands for “Public Access to Court Electronic Records.” It is the website the federal judiciary uses to make public records available to the general public. You can use PACER to access legal documents relating to thousands of federal court cases.

Who uses PACER?
Although PACER is officially available to the general public, it is mostly used by practicing attorneys. The site is difficult for non-lawyers to navigate, and it has a “paywall” that requires users to pay significant fees for the documents they download from PACER.

What does RECAP do?
RECAP is an extension (or “add on”) for the Firefox web browser that improves the PACER experience while helping PACER users build a free and open repository of public court records. RECAP users automatically donate the documents they purchase from PACER into a public repository hosted by the Internet Archive. And RECAP saves users money by alerting them when a document they are searching for is already available from this repository. RECAP also makes other enhancements to the PACER experience, including more user-friendly file names.

hoffmang
08-21-2009, 11:07 PM
CGF is now a proud RECAP user. If you get a PACER account most, if not all, of CGF's filings will be available free via RECAP as CGF or it's attorneys pay for the first access and drop the docs into RECAP.

Sykes: http://www.archive.org/download/gov.uscourts.caed.191626/

Peņa: http://www.archive.org/download/gov.uscourts.caed.191444/

-Gene

obeygiant
08-22-2009, 1:16 PM
CGF is now a proud RECAP user. If you get a PACER account most, if not all, of CGF's filings will be available free via RECAP as CGF or it's attorneys pay for the first access and drop the docs into RECAP.

Sykes: http://www.archive.org/download/gov.uscourts.caed.191626/

Peņa: http://www.archive.org/download/gov.uscourts.caed.191444/

-Gene

Thank you Gene and the CGF for always providing us with the documents so that we can read first hand what is taking place in all of these cases.

hoffmang
08-22-2009, 2:20 PM
Now that we have RECAP, I would suggest that interested Calguns.net readers subscribe to PACER. The first $5 worth of charges never get made if you don't go above that. RECAP will show you the free version when you're browsing the dockets so you will not be adding to your own balance.

All it requires is a valid credit or debit card: http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/psco/cgi-bin/register.pl

We put the case numbers for cases on their CGF wiki entries.

-Gene

Crom
07-19-2010, 8:23 PM
Three days ago I built the Peruta v. San Diego County Case (http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/index.php/Peruta_v_County_of_San_Diego) into the wiki.

Today I built myself a PACER (http://www.pacer.gov/) account. I added the RECAP (https://www.recapthelaw.org/) plugin to Firefox. (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/) Then I accessed the remaining case files from PACER and the RECAP plugin automatically uploaded them to RECAP repository!

Wooo-Hoo! Firearm owners and enthusiasts working together on the Internet towards a common cause. :)

:party:

Bonus! More for less!

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved a measure in March 2010 stating that you will not owe a fee unless your account accrues more than $10.00 of usage in a given quarter. If you accrue less than $10.00, your fees are waived for that quarter and your billing statement will have a zero balance. This policy change will be effective for the April 2010 statement. - PACER FAQ (http://www.pacer.gov/psc/faq.html)

CSDGuy
07-19-2010, 8:29 PM
I did find a typo in the wiki: August 11, 2020 Mandatory Settlement Conference Set (http://ia341315.us.archive.org/2/items/gov.uscourts.casd.308678/gov.uscourts.casd.308678.18.0.pdf) for 8/11/2010 02:00 PM in Courtroom 12 before Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal. Counsel shall submit confidential settlement statements to Chambers by 8/4/2010.

Gray Peterson
07-19-2010, 8:31 PM
Peterson: http://ia331330.us.archive.org/1/items/gov.uscourts.cod.117112/gov.uscourts.cod.117112.docket.html[/URL][URL="http://ia331330.us.archive.org/1/items/gov.uscourts.cod.117112/gov.uscourts.cod.117112.docket.html"] (http://ia331330.us.archive.org/1/items/gov.uscourts.cod.117112/gov.uscourts.cod.117112.docket.html)

Librarian
07-19-2010, 9:37 PM
I did find a typo in the wiki: August 11, 2020 Mandatory Settlement Conference Set (http://ia341315.us.archive.org/2/items/gov.uscourts.casd.308678/gov.uscourts.casd.308678.18.0.pdf) for 8/11/2010 02:00 PM in Courtroom 12 before Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal. Counsel shall submit confidential settlement statements to Chambers by 8/4/2010.

Obviously the 'two weeks' cry has been updated to 'five hundred and twenty weeks'!

N6ATF
07-20-2010, 10:00 AM
Bomb diggity!

HowardW56
07-20-2010, 10:24 AM
CGF is now a proud RECAP user. If you get a PACER account most, if not all, of CGF's filings will be available free via RECAP as CGF or it's attorneys pay for the first access and drop the docs into RECAP.

Sykes: http://www.archive.org/download/gov.uscourts.caed.191626/

Peņa: http://www.archive.org/download/gov.uscourts.caed.191444/

-Gene

That will save some money :D

N6ATF
07-20-2010, 11:53 AM
Damnit, looks like PACER's trying to double-bill me for things I've already looked at with RECAP enabled. What am I doing wrong...

wildhawker
07-20-2010, 12:02 PM
You have to click on the small blue "R" icon to be linked to the archived version.

N6ATF
07-20-2010, 4:15 PM
It ain't showing up anywhere I already visited.

wildhawker
07-20-2010, 5:52 PM
It ain't showing up anywhere I already visited.

When you are using Firefox, check the RECAP settings and make sure it's set to display notifications when RECAP is loaded or uploads a file. When you view a document, does a small popup notify you that the document has been uploaded?

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g178/wildhawker/caaa3f0b.jpg

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g178/wildhawker/58bb073e.jpg

Knuckle Dragger
07-20-2010, 6:28 PM
PACER w/RECAP rocks. Thanks to Gray Peterson who turned me on to it a couple weeks back. It has changed my life.;)

N6ATF
07-20-2010, 6:55 PM
When you are using Firefox, check the RECAP settings and make sure it's set to display notifications when RECAP is loaded or uploads a file. When you view a document, does a small popup notify you that the document has been uploaded?

Default settings match the 2nd screenshot. I didn't have Growl installed to see the upload notification the first time, I thought it would just do it silently.

Now that I have it installed, I went through the double billing BS again (search results revealing a single case since I had already learned how to narrow it down, docket history index, and specific document download) since no blue Rs were showing up next to anything. And the document's still not flashing an upload notification or showing up on the archive.org page, just the index for the case. :banghead: