Declan McCullagh writes about judges turning to search engines to check facts, look up information about companies in litigation, and challenge statistics presented by attorneys in court. Are judges making their own evidentiary records? If so, is this permitted? The answers are less clear than you might expect, the article suggests. (Thanks to Steve Fuchs of LawTek Media Group for the pointer.)

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