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Although Social Media users rely on
information posted on Wikipedia, a recent ruling in a US Federal Court
is a reminder that US Federal Courts refuse to accept Wikipedia as a credible
source. U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson of Louisville, Kentucky recently
denied a new trial for Karen Sypher who was convicted of trying to extort money from
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. In his order Judge Simpson wrote:
counsel appears to have cobbled much of his statement of the law governing
ineffective assistance of counsel claims by cutting and pasting, without
citation, from the Wikipedia web site
The court reminds counsel that such cutting and pasting, without attribution,
Finally, the court reminds counsel that Wikipedia is not an acceptable source
of legal authority in the United States District Courts.
Even though the Smithsonian Institution is now teaming up with
Wikipedia that does not validate Wikipedia postings for the Courts. As time
moves on Wikipedia may be a reliable source for the Courts, but when is still