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Free repository offers copies of PACER federal court records


Want to see the federal indictment of a mortgage fraudster? You got it. Need the docket for a U.S. appeals court case? It’s yours. All with the click of a mouse — and your 16-digit credit card number.

For a price, federal court filings have been available via the Internet through Public Access to Electronic Court Records (PACER) system since the early 1990s. But its fee of 8 cents per page is too steep for public documents, critics say.

Steve Schultze, associate director of the Center for Information Technology Policy  at Princeton University, says public access to federal courts ...

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