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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Seventh Circuit Disses Court Reporter For Lack Of Street Cred

The following is the content of footnote 1, which appeared in the recent criminal case of United States v. Murphy, Nos. 04-2032, 04-2293, 04-2309, decided on May 4th:

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.”

[Mark Godsey]

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