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Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer on Wednesday temporarily blocked subpoenas issued by the British government for papers collected in an academic project at Boston College about the history of the Irish Republican Army’s violent resistance to British rule in Northern Ireland. The subpoenas are part of a United Kingdom criminal probe into the death of a former IRA member who allegedly had served as an informer for the British government. Breyer’s order will remain in effect if the two researchers challenging the subpoenas file a formal appeal of the denial of their plea by the First Circuit Court in July.
Interesting issue. The order is linked in the article via a .pdf file (tedious things), but (again) didn't see the order on a specific section of the USSC website that would seem to be the place for it. This is not the first time that such an order by a justice has been provided by SCOTUSBlog by scanned copy, instead of (unlike orders of the whole court in various cases) accessible at the Court's website for the general reader.
The author of the piece nicely explained that it can be searched by docket number (12A310) on that section of the website, but (agreeing with me that it is ill advised), not on the section marked "orders." The average person doesn't know the docket number and (unlike USSC reporters) do not get the orders handed out to or emailed to them directly. The USSC website has various useful things, but along with needing to go to Oyez.com to obtain last term's audio for opinion announcements, it has not quite become full service. See also, most justices (other than Stevens) not usually providing a transcript of speeches for the speech page.