Today (March 6, 2010) marks the 153 anniversary of Dred Scott v. Sanford (60 U.S. 393). Much have been said about the shameful U.S. Supreme Court decision. Here is one for the legal research business:
Althought the U.S. Supreme Court posts on its website the dates of the oral argument were Feb. 11-14 and Dec. 15-18, 1856; and the original decision was handed down on March 6, 1857, one would not be able to find these dates in the Westlaw version. The only date available on Westlaw (1856 WL 8721) is "December Term, 1856." And the pdf file for this case currently is not available. Lexis posts another problem: 1856 U.S. LEXIS 472 states: "March 5, 1857, Decided; December 1856 Term." Online researcher beware!