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Comp^2
11-17-2009, 9:40 AM
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MudCamper
11-17-2009, 9:53 AM
Interesting idea, but my very first test turned up nothing, while a normal google search finds lots of good legal info.

snobord99
11-17-2009, 5:55 PM
Interesting idea, but my very first test turned up nothing, while a normal google search finds lots of good legal info.

What were you searching for?

It seems like it works better than regular Google for real legal research (as in legal research a lawyer engages in, not the guy looking for a quick summary on search and seizure).

GrizzlyGuy
11-17-2009, 6:01 PM
This is awesome! They even mentioned Terry v. Ohio in the blog post.

I tried "Overturf" and it came right up. I tried "Tapia", got too many wrong results, changed to "Tapia school zone" and it popped right up.

Note that you need to change the default radio button selection to "Legal opinions and journals" before you hit the search button.

marshaul
11-17-2009, 11:51 PM
+1 for Google this time.

bigcalidave
11-17-2009, 11:55 PM
Google, taking over the world one innocuous appearing helpful free program at a time...

Cool! Go google!

OlderThanDirt
11-18-2009, 6:49 AM
I wish I had this when I was in court battling over the distribution of life insurance proceeds in a trust. My lawyer kept his information (power) pretty close to the vest.

GrizzlyGuy
11-18-2009, 9:11 AM
Most recent federal court opinions have been available for free download for a long time now. Look for something called "Pacer", get an account there, and you won't be charged for opinions.

Maybe their FAQ is incorrect, but it says that Pacer does charge for the service:

http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/faq.html#GP8

It is also limited to Fedeal court cases, while Google provides access to state and local cases as well:

http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/pacerdesc.html

PeterGenius
11-18-2009, 9:14 AM
Thank Google for God. hahahah

RandyD
11-18-2009, 3:01 PM
I wish I had this when I was in court battling over the distribution of life insurance proceeds in a trust. My lawyer kept his information (power) pretty close to the vest.

You are entitled to your attorney's work product which would include legal research. Feel free to pm me.

MudCamper
11-18-2009, 3:36 PM
What were you searching for?

It seems like it works better than regular Google for real legal research (as in legal research a lawyer engages in, not the guy looking for a quick summary on search and seizure).

The thing I am interested in now is an old opinion by Attorney General THOMAS C. LYNCH regarding 12031 and 374c. It is partially quoted in both PEOPLE V KNIGHT and PEOPLE v. SALVADOR SEGURA.

I try searches for 12031, 374c, both of those, Knight, combination thereof, etc. I get nothing relevant. Whereas a normal google search will turn up the actual case rulings and all kinds of other relevant stuff.

Liberty1
11-18-2009, 3:45 PM
Whereas a normal google search will turn up the actual case rulings and all kinds of other relevant stuff.

You gona share? Linky?

snobord99
11-18-2009, 5:15 PM
The thing I am interested in now is an old opinion by Attorney General THOMAS C. LYNCH regarding 12031 and 374c. It is partially quoted in both PEOPLE V KNIGHT and PEOPLE v. SALVADOR SEGURA.

I try searches for 12031, 374c, both of those, Knight, combination thereof, etc. I get nothing relevant. Whereas a normal google search will turn up the actual case rulings and all kinds of other relevant stuff.

Yea, but that's like criticizing a G17 for not shooting .45 rounds. It wasn't designed for that. From what I've seen, Google scholar provides court opinions, not AG ones.

DSA_FAL
12-01-2009, 3:29 PM
It's pretty handy for reading published decisions at the state and federal level.

A few examples:

DC v. Heller (http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=16951880247186889053&q=heller&hl=en&as_sdt=2002)

Harrott v. County of Kings (http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?q=harrott&hl=en&as_sdt=2002&case=7137949113994302706)

Nordyke v. King (http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=15142229077642329656&q=nordyke&hl=en&as_sdt=2002)

Its a handy one stop shop for state and federal rulings for those of us without a Westlaw subscription.

Micromancer
12-01-2009, 10:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUHBPuHS-7s