SCOTUSblog Influential in Supreme Court Coverage, Lacks Official Status


One of the most influential news outlets covering the Supreme Court sets up shop not in the pressroom with other reporters, but in the court’s cafeteria, reports the Associated Press. The justices themselves read the award-winning SCOTUSblog, but unlike other media it has no official status in the marble courthouse. This curious situation is attributable to the unusual circumstances that surround SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein. Th

Goldstein, 43, is the owner of SCOTUSblog, named for the acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States. He also argues before the court, comments on and analyzes news on MSNBC and is quoted widely in media accounts. The court has remained noncommittal about how to treat SCOTUSblog. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said she is reviewing the credentialing process for the first time in nearly 40 years. “We won’t act on any pending requests until we have completed that process,” she said.

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