The year 2003 is filled with illustrations that the Supreme Court is beginning to get more comfortable with greater transparency and openness. And all the developments reflect small steps that might have been rejected or not even considered only a decade ago. It didn't all start this year, of course, and the Court's seeming willingness to concede that it lives in a wider world has not reached full blossom. But the evolutionary process is under way.
December 30, 2003