The Supreme Court is hardly quick to adopt the latest technological innovations.
The justices shun email in their interoffice notes to each other in favor of old-fashioned paper. The court's historical society says the first photocopier didn't show up at the courthouse until a few years after "Xerox" had become a verb.
So as the legal fight over the mass collection of Americans' telephone records by the National Security Agency gets closer to the Supreme Court, it comes as no surprise that some justices already are on record as saying the court should be wary about taking on big questions of technology and privacy.
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