Ernie the Attorney: “I’ve long contended that the law should be available online for free. Seems fitting and proper, since ‘ignorance of the law is no excuse’ and all. If you can’t claim you didn’t know what the law is, then shouldn’t the government at least make the law available online for free? . . . Google has taken an important first step in making legal caselaw available online. For free. Google Scholar, which has heretofore been focused on scholarly literature, now provides access to state cases going back to 1950, and federal cases going back to 1924. So that’s at least 50 years of state and federal cases that have been reported. And you can search these databases by using text-based queries just as you would in Google.”
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