31 July 2003


This brief from a Colorado public defender argues that calling a school administrator a ‘fucking fag’ was not interference with the administrator’s duties, partially because that phrase was not so inappropriate as to cause much offense. And for his etymology of ‘fuck,’ he cites fucking Wikipedia, which anyone in the world can edit. Including him. Or opposing counsel.

I love Wikipedia. I think it’s a great project, and it’s incredibly useful for informal research to find out, say, who wrote Our American Cousin or what the rest of the “able baker” military phonetic alphabet is. (Yeah, I wrote those articles, so I won’t be looking that stuff up. But you get the idea.) Citing Wikipedia in a brief before a court, though, seems to be asking for trouble.

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