(in)citing wikipedia

September 3, 2008 § Leave a comment

Wikipedia.  Who doesn’t use it?  There are Wiki links on this blog.

Well, a blog is one thing.

But citing Wikipedia to support a legal argument?  The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit does not think that this was such a great idea.

The other day, the Eighth Circuit ruled that the Department of Homeland Security should not have used Wikipedia as a source in prosecuting a deportation case.

After all, the Court notes, “Wikipedia describes itself as “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”

With all due respect to the government (and Wikipedia, for that matter), perhaps it is best to stick to tradition.

Typically, legal arguments (particularly in immigration litigation) are based upon statutes, regulations and precedential decisions.  These sources cannot be edited by “anyone.”

The adventures continue . . .

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