Joe Hodnicki, at the Law Librarian Blog, has an excellent post on the increasing use of web cites in the opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court. He begins the article as follows:
The Supreme Court opinions yesterday generated a lot of news coverage as end-of-term opinions usually do. That coverage missed a point. Two of the three opinions contained research citations that appear to be a trend at the Supreme Court. These are citations with links to web sites and pages that contain information that supports the view of the opinion author (and the Court by extension). For example, Justice Kagan cites statistics from Human Rights Watch as part of her analysis on state practices giving life without parole to juvenile murderers in Miller v. Alabama.
Read the full blog post here.