Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A court recently took a lawyer to task for both plagiarism and citing Wikipedia as authority. U.S. v. Sypher, Criminal Action No. 3:09-CR-00085, 2011 WL 579156 (W.D. Ky. Feb. 9, 2011). In that case, a lawyer copied his discussion of the law from the Internet encyclopedia. The court condemned the copying as professional misconduct and reminded the lawyer that Wikipedia is not appropriate legal authority.