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 Rule 201 states:A judicially noticed fact must be one not subject to reasonable dispute in that it is either (1) generally known within the territorial jurisdiction of the trial court or (2) capable of accurate and ready determination by resort to sources whose accuracy cannot reasonably be questioned.


In order to take judicial notice under Rule 201, the court must find that the fact is either 'generally known' or ascertainable from a source whose accuracy cannot reasonably be questioned; in either case, the court must also find that the fact is not reasonably subject to dispute.' Wright and Graham, Federal Practice and Procedure: Evidence § 5109 at 519-20 (1977). 'Judges are not necessarily to be ignorant in Court of what everyone else, and they themselves out of Court, are familiar with.' U.S. v. Ricciardi, 357 F.2d 91, 97 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 384 U.S. 942, 16 L. Ed. 2d 540, 86 S. Ct. 1464, and cert denied, 385 U.S. 814 (1966) (quoting Lumley v. Gye, 2 El. & Bl. 216, 267 (Q.B. 1853) (Coleridge, J.)). In Ricciardi, defendants had been indicted under a statute which made it unlawful for a labor representative of an ...

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