Oyez Oyez Oyez

One of my favorite sites for Internet audio is The Oyez Project. Here you can hear US Supreme Court arguments dating back to 1955 (when recording first began). The Bush vs Gore arguments are online there already. There something truly fascinating about listening to some of the most important issues in our history being argued before our highest court.
I first discovered that Supreme Court arguments were taped when I read May It Please the Court: The First Amendment. The book covers 15 key free speech cases and comes with four cassettes of the actual arguments. It sounds dull, but it’s not.

What does Oyez mean? It’s what the clerk of the court says before court sits. It’s a corruption of the Latin for “listen.” Click here to hear the Marshall of the US Supreme Court announce the arrival of the justices.

9 Replies to “Oyez Oyez Oyez”

  1. Hi Leo,
    Oyez is a great site. I discovered it a few months ago when I was doing research for a project. I also like the vitual-type tour they have where you can see the inside and outside of the building. It’s an awesome site.
    Anyway, sorry to hear about you leaving CFH. I really enjoyed you on there. But I guess something positive is coming out of it…rather than 60 minutes of you on the Screen Savers, I get to see 90 minutes. 🙂
    Take Care Leo!

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  2. Leo (or anyone who can answer this question),
    This isn’t related, but I need some help.  I’m a thirteen-year-old that knows HTML but nothing about programming. I want to learn Perl but I don’t know what book to read to learn. I want something that’s not confusing or boring to read. Any ideas?
    E-mail your suggestions to joseph_bt@hotmail.com .
    Joseph

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  3. I got “May it Please the Court” on audio cassettes for my sister and we spent one summer vaction at the beach a few years ago listening to Thurgood Marshall and the other justices and we really enjoyed it. We also had the cd’s for the (then new) Star Wars radio drama, and guess what? (alternate version of You Know What) we listened to the Supreme Court tapes first! I have to admit however, that i watched (listened) to C-Span when they played the recent Florida recount proceedings and I am much less inspired by the Justices now than I was when I first listened to “May it Please the Court.”
    (side note: I got your link to the NPR This American Life “Fiasco” and am browsing the net while it plays…. it makes any bad day you might be having seem better in comparison to these people!) :^) Thanks for sharing that one.

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  4. Hi Leo,
    Oyez is a great site. I discovered it a few months ago when I was doing research for a project. I also like the vitual-type tour they have where you can see the inside and outside of the building. It’s an awesome site.
    Anyway, sorry to hear about you leaving CFH. I really enjoyed you on there. But I guess something positive is coming out of it…rather than 30 minutes of you on the Screen Savers, I get to see 90 minutes. 🙂
    Take Care Leo!

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  5. This is a near site. It has some interesting information. What intersests me the most right now is the Virtual Tour. You can see the exterior, interior and I think even the court room itself. Thanks for a new site to surf Leo!

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