Scalia Correction Exposes High Court's Transparency Problem

By Sean McLernon (May 6, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's quick and silent revision to a high-profile environmental opinion last week revealed the court's secretive approach to correcting mistakes, a process that legal experts say shields the court from accountability by keeping the changes hidden from public view.

The high court acted with speed and discretion last week after learning that Justice Antonin Scalia had made an embarrassing error in a Clean Air Act dissent by misquoting his own 2001 opinion, quickly scrubbing the mistake from the official record without any public acknowledgment of the change.

When a U.S. Supreme Court Justice makes a mistake, he or...

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