E-mail as evidence?
Fri Nov 21 02:03:03 CST 1997
A few more thoughts . . .
I feel that if the evidence is posted to e-debate, it might be
acceptable, but just knowing who the e-mail is from is fairly useless .
. . because e-mail is not published, but merely communicative, responses
to the same question can be stated differently.
a couple other things:
1) If I CALL a source, can I transcript the phone call and cite the
and his or her phone number?
2) We are in search of truth, but our activity is still argumentation,
and not fact. If we are confident that we are merely truth seekers,
than I expect the Clinton DA to die. Maybe death and poverty are
impacts we should calculate over the "wars". This whole fiat thing
should probably be eliminated as well . . .maybe we need to debate the
political question of implementation in our pursuit of the real truth.
And why is judge intervention such a bad thing? If a judge knows facts,
maybe they should be contributed to out discussion for the sake of
knowledge and truth finding.
The devils advocate lives!
University of Southern California
ameltzer at usc.edu
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