Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Stuff that Should Happen ... Soon

A SCOTUS nominee who has a basic understanding of modern technology would be a good thing:
During oral arguments today in the case City of Ontario v. Quon, which considers whether police officers had an expectation of privacy in personal (and sexually explicit) text messages sent on pagers issued to them by the city, the justices of the Supreme Court at times seemed to struggle with the technology involved.

The first sign was about midway through the argument, when Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. - who is known to write out his opinions in long hand with pen and paper instead of a computer - asked what the difference was “between email and a pager?”

Lawyers are notoriously technology adverse. I'm sure this will change as a new crop of attorneys comes up through the ranks, but right now the country is looking at a SCOTUS nominee who is, at the youngest, around 50. Chances are any lawyer over 35 is still kinda old school. Waiting 15 years for someone who can explain Facebook to the rest of Court would be counterproductive.

[via TG]

1 comment:

CJ said...

I know this is off topic. But really?