This is me, recently, on Klout. The photo is a few years ago, though.
When you “Google” somebody, what do you get? From time to time, I have someone–different people–Google me. Welcome to the 21st century world. People want to know something, or find out something, they Google.
Maybe they get an answer. Maybe they get something. Maybe a lot. Maybe a little.
I have some silly troll in Japan who “did some Googling”, and they came back to me with these questions, as if they were some kind of smart ass. They ask me, hey what about this Gundlach v. Reinstein case, and throw in some questions that are unflattering.
The person has a problem, though. Because, since they Googled, they think they get the whole story of whatever they find. They say, oh, so many questions raised! But, they themselves don’t know the right questions.
You see, the problem is, if they Google “Knights Road beating of January 23, 1993″, they won’t get anything. If they Google, “attack on SEPTA by three individuals, January 26, 1993″, they won’t get anything. Because Philadelphia law enforcement does not put its crime reports on the internet from 20 years ago.
You can Google and get “Gerald Ung” , a recent Temple Law student who was barred from campus because he was the victim of a crime in Old City Philadelphia, and had a gun to defend himself, but you won’t get any information about all the Temple law students who were victims of crimes, and how cavalierly the law school administration has treated such individuals along the years.
By the way, Gerald Ung was tried for his act of self defense, and the jury found it was, indeed, self defense. None of us have heard a peep out of Temple Law as to whether Ung returned to the school.
People are victims of crimes in Philadelphia. Does it happen to everyone, everyday? No. But does it happen on occasion? Yes. To quote a troll: that’s unusual, isn’t it? Yes, sometimes you are the victim of crime while you are walking the street, and three guys get out of a pickup truck and beat half your face to where your eye is swollen shut.
Again, does it happen to everyone, every day in Philadelphia? No. So it is unusual. But it does happen.
So, when you Google, you are going to find Gundlach v. Reinstein. Before Google, there was Lexis and Westlaw, that lawyers and law-related people use to, in effect, “Google” the opposition. This has been for, well, about 25 years. Before then, we used books, called “volumes”, and something called “Sheppard’s”.
You can also find Gundlach v. Laister, which was tangentially related to the events in Gundlach v. Reinstein, to some observers.
But you won’t find Knights Road beating. You won’t find the pickup truck that was hidden behind the brush across the road. You won’t get the plate number (because, at that point, you’re half blind). You’ll have one witness besides yourself, which can only witness that the three assailants did it. This will be of no use to the Philadelphia police in finding the perpetrators.