Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The January 29, 2007 online edition of the New York Times reports on the appearance of Wikipedia citations in judicial opinions, noting that "[m]ore than 100 judicial rulings have relied" on the online reader-edited reference. The article mentions a Tennessee Court of Appeals case that used its definition of "beverage" in a tax case (that would be English Mtn. Spring Water Co. v. Chumley, 196 S.W.3d 144 (Tenn. App. 2005)) and a recent case from an unnamed Florida federal district court, who used it as a source explaining the term "booty music." The article also quotes Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, who has himself cited a Wikipedia entry. Judge P acknowledges, however, that "[i]t wouldn't be right to use it in a critical issue. If the safety of a product is at issue, you wouldn't look it up in Wikipedia."