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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

"Blog Post Solves Murder"

This fascinating story from Orin at VC:

Blog Post Solves Murder:
The details are here, and a media account is here. Hat tip: Instapundit.

Extra credit question for law students and litigators: Is a computer printout of the blog post admissible at trial?

Go ahead and read those links.  The first contains the full text of the victim's final post, which is quite chilling. 

As to the question posed, my expectation would be that whatever rule governs the admissibility of personal journals would apply here as well.

Dissents?

Posted by Hillel Levin on May 25, 2005 at 10:07 AM in Criminal Law | Permalink

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One interesting approach would be FRE 803(1): "A statement describing or explaining an event or condition made while the declarant was perceiving the event or condition, or immediately thereafter [is not hearsay]." This would seem to meet the criteria, as he was blogging about it as it happened (which would be unusual in a regular journal entry).

Posted by: Matt | May 25, 2005 8:03:51 PM

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