Tuesday, January 30, 2007

may it please the Wikipedia

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."

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