I was interested to hear that one can now get access to the records of civil judgments in South Dakota via the web. I was not so happy to realize that I would need to pay for the information. After all, I’ve already paid taxes which have been used to compensate the judges, courts, etc which were used to arrive at the decisions, why then do I need to pay again to access to this information?
It would make sense if my request needed to be handled by some government worker who was kept from doing other work by my request, but that is not the case. These records are computerized and accessible without human intervention.
Oh well, guess this is what one gets with a monopoly of certain types of information, eh?