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U.S. SUPREME COURT ONLINE DISSEMINATION OF OPINIONS

 
Available on the Cleveland FREE-NET
Type go hermes   at the Your choice prompt

On May 11th, 1990 the United States Supreme Court announced that it was
beginning a two-year experimental program called "Project Hermes." The
objective of this project is to rapidly provide copies of the Court's
opinions in electronic form to as wide an audience as possible.
 
Twenty organizations applied to be a part of this project, 12 were
accepted; and one of the successful applicants was a noncommercial,
nonprofit, consortium composed of Case Western Reserve University
(CWRU), EDUCOM, and the National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN).
What this means for YOU is that you will now be able to receive
electronically the full text of the Court's opinions within minutes of
their release--FREE.
 
   It will work like this...
 
When the Court decides to release an opinion or set of opinions, a
computer at the Supreme Court Building will open-up 12 telephone lines
and simultaneously send copies to its primary distributors.  In our
case, it will be received by a CWRU computer here in Cleveland where a
special program will clear out the various printer codes from the
document.  Two things will then occur.  First, a copy of each of the
"clean" documents will be sent electronically to the EDUCOM offices in
Washington D.C. EDUCOM will then place the files on both the Internet
and BITNET networks for distribution to the academic and research
community. Second, and at the same time, copies will be distributed
across all NPTN affiliated community computer systems.
 
You may have the Court's opinions sent directly to you if you have
access to either a BITNET or Internet computer (many, if not most, major
universities are connected to one service or the other); or you may
download the files directly from any NPTN community computer system.
There is no charge to receive this service beyond whatever fees your
university computing center might have, or the cost of a telephone call
to an NPTN affiliate.

This NPTN service is brought to you in part by a grant from the law firm
of PORTER, WRIGHT, MORRIS & ARTHUR, with offices in Cleveland, OH;
Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Dayton, OH; Naples, FL; and Washington
D.C.
 
To receive more information on how to sign-up for the BITNET/Internet
service, or if you would like to know more about accessing these files
on an NPTN community computer, please send your name, organization or
firm, address, city, state, and zip, to:  PROJECT HERMES, CWRU COMMUNITY
TELECOMPUTING LAB, 319 WICKENDEN BUILDING, CLEVELAND, OHIO 44106.
 
For general information about Project Hermes or about the National
Public Telecomputing Network, please contact: Tom Grundner at the above
address or at (216) 368-2733.
 
   You can also contact Project Hermes electronically via:
     Internet: aa584@cleveland.freenet.edu
     BITNET: aa584%cleveland.freenet.edu@cunyvm

HYTELNET was developed by Peter Scott: scott@lights.ca

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