The Transcript of the Summary Judgment Oral Arguments in Virginia v. Sebelius Resides In Pacer’s Black Hole

December 26th, 2012

When I attempted to download the arguments held before Judge Hudson in EDVA on 10/18/10 from Pacer, I got this message:

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings held on October 18, 2010 before Judge Henry E. Hudson. Court Reporter/Transcriber Krista Liscio, telephone number 804 916-2296. Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER Redaction Request due 12/7/2010. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 1/7/2011. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 2/5/2011.(liscio, krista) (Entered: 11/07/2010)

Maybe the court reporter simply assumed the Mayans were right, and wouldn’t need to bother? I’ll call tomorrow.

If you have been wondering why I’ve been somewhat quiet of late, I am going through all of the lower court proceedings, including the transcripts, in the ACA cases. I’ve gone through all of NDFL and the 11th Circuit. Now I’m turning to EDVA and CA4.

It’s amazing how much stuff is packed into this case.

Update: A court reporter from EDVA returned my call, and said she could sell me the transcript directly. Congress mandated that the charge is $.90 a page (lol, Congress mandated a price for the transcript of the constitutionality of congress’s mandate). At 80 pages, that is a lot of money! I will try calling the clerk’s office to see why it was not posted on PACER.

Update: I just spoke with the Clerk’s office, and for some reason the transcript was never released. I have a copy, which you can download here. Somehow, no one ever bothered to check if the document was available.