…the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit tossed out convictions in a cockfighting case — because a juror used Wikipedia to research an element of the crime. The Fourth Circuit, in arriving at its decision, expressed concerns about Wikipedia’s reliability, given its “open-access nature.”
Would you rely on Wikipedia for your research? Would you consider citing to it in a brief? The WSJ did a little research to find out which courts cited Wikipedia and which did not.