Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/20/google_offers_justice/

Google Maps offers justice

I swear to tell the Google, the whole Google and nothing but the Google...

By John Oates

Posted in Bootnotes, 20th July 2005 10:26 GMT

We knew that Google Maps does more than just directions - in the last few days it also found not only Jesus but Hitler too.

But it has also brought justice to one lucky man who used the website to convice a judge to let him off a driving offence.

In January of this year Edwin Soto was charged with running a red light. His case came up nearly six months later and he was facing $200 in fines and points on his license. The police officer who charged him gave evidence first and described how he was turning off a one-way street when the offence occurred.

Sotu says he had to prove he was on a two-way street but had no way to do it. Luckily, or strangely, he claims he had taken his laptop to the stand with him and booted it up. Even more luckily he managed to find a shaky Wi-Fi network - and wasn't charged with a further offence of bandwidth banditry.

Soto logged onto Google Maps and showed the judge that the street in question was a two-way street. The judge took a little convincing but eventually dismissed the charges.

More details on Gear Live here®

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