At Least Lawyers Are Funny


This is hilarious. The ABA Journal’s Question of the Week, readers were asked to submit responses to the question, “What’s the most entertaining Hollywood-themed footnote you’ve read [in a judicial opinion]?” The winner came out of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals:

“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.'”

— Judge Terence T. Evans, US v. Murphy, 406 F.3d 857 n. 1 (7th Cir. 2005).

The 7th Circuit covers Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana. Evans is a Carter appointee. I’m sure there’s a snarky comment in there somewhere, which I may come back to after I’ve had my morning coffee. If you find yourself bored in the meantime, you can search for some more nuggets by Evans — he’s known for slipping funnies into his opinions. Here is a good place to start.

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