Rot at the Court!

An interesting new article by Raizel Liebler & June Liebert in the Yale J. of Law and Technology on “link rot” in Supreme Court opinions finds that almost 30% of the Internet URLs cited in Supreme Court opinions since the first such citation in 1996 (!) no longer work.  It’s not the end of the world, I suppose, but it’s a pretty troublesome little problem; citations are the tendons that hold our legal system together, in many ways, and the inability of scholars or others in the future to have access to information that the Court relied on in some way in making a decision is potentially a serious matter.