I received a phone call Tuesday from the Director of Research and Publications, Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington DC. Her name is Mary.
I’m still a little confused about the details as to why, but the main gist of her call was that she needed the page number of an article from an edition of the Daily Globe from last summer. She had an electronic copy of an article I wrote about an appellate court decision, but apparently the U.S. Supreme Court needs a paper copy.
Weird. And slightly creepy. Big Brother is watching me?
I found it interesting to note she didn’t ask for a paper copy, she just wanted to know which page of the paper it was on. Not only is Big Brother watching us, he seems to have a copy of every newspaper out there, I guess. He just doesn’t know what page to look at.
So, according to Mary, her office writes and publishes all the government briefs that go to the U.S. Supreme Court. They write and file all the government position briefs.
“We would like to cite an article you wrote,” she said. “But all we have is an electronic citation. I’m wondering if you can help me find a page number.”
Uh, sure. Why not?
So, the brief gets written by the office with the really long name in the first paragraph — RPOSGUSDOJ for short? — and is given to the U.S. Supreme Court, then ends up archived. So, the government needs a page number to cite my article to write a brief to give to the highest court in the land to discuss and archive. Hopefully someplace cool, like the Library of Congress.
I looked in our Daily Globe archives, electronically, of course, and found the page number. The article about a 60 day sentence on a drug conviction being upheld and the Minnesota Supreme Court denying the bad guy’s petition to review will now be part of history. This is very odd. It had to do with a fifth-degree drug possession charge and the fact that the guy introduced contraband into the jail.
The paper from the day before had an article about the Minnesota Supreme Court shooting down all the arguments of convicted murderer Randy Swaney, who is serving a life sentence for killing Minnesota State Park worker Carrie Nelson. But no, they don’t want a page number on that. The U.S. Supreme Court wants more info on an article about a guy who smuggled 1.8 grams of meth into a jail in his ‘sitting on’ parts and then fought the charges.
Isn’t life funny? Still, it’s almost as cool as knowing I’m a reference on Wikipedia on an entry about losing the Game. Oh, sorry.
The long and short of it, I believe, is that I’m about to be archived. I wonder if it’s something I’ll sense the moment it happens?