If ever there was an argument that President Obama needs to appoint a tech savvy Supreme Court Justice when the next vacancy becomes available, it would be the opening arguments in the City of Ontario v. Quon case.
(The case concerns a police-officer who was dismissed from his job for sexting his ex-wife and girlfriend from the company pager)
Honestly, I don’t even care if he’s liberal or conservative, but in this digital information age we live in, it would help this country to have an SJC justice who understands the difference between email and a pager (that would be Chief Justice John Roberts, who had to ask).
But the fun doesn’t end there my friends. Nooooo it doesn’t.
At another point, Justice Anthony Kennedy asked what would happen if a text message was sent to an officer at the same time he was sending one to someone else.
“Does it say: ‘Your call is important to us, and we will get back to you?’” Kennedy asked. (Cue sound of louder slap against forehead.)
Justice Antonin Scalia stumbled getting his arms around with the idea of a service provider.
“You mean (the text) doesn’t go right to me?” he asked.
Then he asked whether they can be printed out in hard copy.
“Could Quon print these spicy little conversations and send them to his buddies?” Scalia asked.
Let’s just give them all the old facepalm and call it a day shall we. Over at True/Slant, Kashmir Hill adds a bit more to the story, pointing out that it wasn’t just the justices who seemed to lack “familiarity with technology issues.”