Saturday, January 29, 2011

Information Acquired from Mainstream Internet Sites is Reliable Enough to Support a Request for Judicial Notice

In People v. Clark, No. 2-09-0102 (December 16, 2010), the Second District Appellate Court upheld the conviction for a drug transaction that took place within 1000 feet of a public park, relying in part on a Google Map submitted by the prosecution. 

The court stated "information acquired from mainstream Internet sites such as Map Quest and Google Maps is reliable enough to support a request for judicial notice," thereby holding that these maps should be presumptively admissible in lawsuits.

1 comment:

Pete said...

If it's limited to maps, o.k., but this seems like a slippery slope?