Web logs — commonly called blogs — are providing leads in criminal investigations and starting to be used as evidence at trial. Their impact on criminal procedure must be judged by constitutional and evidentiary principles rooted in a print world.
Can a statement in an e-journal be authenticated in the same way as a diary entry in a notebook? To what lengths can the government go to uncover the identity of an anonymous blogger? What weight should blog statements be given? Can they support an application for a search warrant?
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