Thursday, May 12, 2005

In Case You Were Worried About Judicial Street Cred

This is a footnote from an actual case.

The trial transcript quotes Ms. Hayden as saying Murphy called her a snitch bitch "hoe." A "hoe," of course, is a tool used for weeding and gardening. We think the court reporter, unfamiliar with rap music (perhaps thankfully so), misunderstood Hayden's response. We have taken the liberty of changing "hoe" to "ho," a staple of rap music vernacular as, for example, when Ludacris raps "You doin' ho activities with ho tendencies."

United States v. Murphy U.S. App. Lexis 7695, n. 1
Decided May 4, 2005
Opinion by Circuit Judge Terrence Evans