WASHINGTON (AP) — Because it has the final say on this country's laws, everyone has to listen to the U.S. Supreme Court. But actually hearing the court go about its business is a different story.
Since 1955 the court has recorded audio of its proceedings. But accessing that audio has been difficult. For years, much of it languished in a Maryland archive. Over the past decade, however, the Chicago-based Oyez Project has assembled the audio and made it available on Oyez.com.
Now, the group is finishing work that makes the archive more accessible, linking the audio to simultaneously scrolling transcripts that also identify each justice or arguing lawyer as they speak. In all, almost 14,000 hours of audio are available. It would take 572 days of continuous listening to hear everything.