Thursday, August 05, 2010

Handy factoid for larval lawyers:

Protip: Wikipedia articles tend to fall short in the "admissible evidence" department.

If you want to introduce bogus data to support your case, pay somebody with a goodly chunk of the alphabet after their name like everybody else, okay?


Irishdoh said...

Did this person's legal adviser ever put down his Gameboy long enough to look that article up, or did she look it up herself? More importantly, was the Gameboy in use during the court sessions?

Divemedic said...

Wikipedia is more accurate, and more successfully peer reviewed than University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit

Bubblehead Les. said...

Divemedic said "Wikipedia is more accurate, and more successfully peer reviewed than the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit".

Or the Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the combined News Departments of ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and NBC.

Steve Skubinna said...

I think the real problem, as perceived by the judge, is that anyone can add an article, or edit one. I don't even bother going there for anything remotely current events related, since I already know George W. Bush is an evil poopyhead who hates women and children and minorities and LIED!!!!11!!eleventy!!!

So the entry claiming the dog breed, or mix, was inherently dangerous could very well have been written by the attorney an hour prior to the cite.

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Dr. StrangeGun said...


At the bottom of any Wiki article worth a damn is a long list of sources and attributions.

Any lawyer too damn lazy to scroll down and click one or two more times needs to be serving time with his/her clients after the case, presuming it was lost *because* of wiki abuse.