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    Why cite Cornell Law rather than the GPO.gov site?

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    Cornell is often the first one to come up on a web search. Sometimes it is easier to search through their site than the .gov site. They often have commentary attached or linked that helps understand the ramifications and implications of the case. Yes, you need to keep your BS meter working because all commentary is biased one way or another.

    Have you ever run into the Cornell site giving false or misleading or incomplete info?

    If not, this seems a tempest in a teapot stirred up by a pedant. (Said from one pedant to another.)

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    I'll bet if you read the fine print the dot gov site says something like this:

    "This site is maintained...[yadda yadda yadda]...only the copy of the [insert regulation name here] maintained by by the legislative recorders office is official"

    Oregon's legislative site, where we access our regulations, has this disclaimer:

    The text appearing in this database was produced from material provided by the Legislative Counsel Committee of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. The official record copy is the printed published copy of the Oregon Revised Statutes. The text in the database is not the official text of Oregon law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by We-the-People View Post
    I'll bet if you read the fine print the dot gov site says something like this:

    "This site is maintained...[yadda yadda yadda]...only the copy of the [insert regulation name here] maintained by by the legislative recorders office is official"

    Oregon's legislative site, where we access our regulations, has this disclaimer:

    The text appearing in this database was produced from material provided by the Legislative Counsel Committee of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. The official record copy is the printed published copy of the Oregon Revised Statutes. The text in the database is not the official text of Oregon law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DON`T TREAD ON ME View Post
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    Thank you. I've been using that handle since the early 90's when I had my first web site dedicated to liberty and freedom. Back then the internet was an infant and I was on active duty. I used my website to "publish" stories of government out of control (it's not a new issue) as well as to promote the ideals of the Constitution, Liberty, Freedom, etc.

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    While we are on the subject, Nevada has not updated the web pages of Nevada Revised Statutes that were revised on July 1.

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    It will probably be a little while before the NV legislature website is updated.

    I agree that the federal .gov websites are a probably a little bit better for legal citations than Cornell law, but Cornell law was a good enough source for my professors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC-moto450r View Post
    skidmark answered my original question best (actually he was the only one that answered it ). "Cornell is often the first one to come up on a web search"
    There's one more reason: Cornell does often come up as first in a web search, but it's more important that the Cornell links usually lead directly to the Code section in question. The GPO links, as often as not, take you to the Title page, and good luck finding what you're actually looking for.

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