Saturday, February 2, 2008

Great Moments in Judicial Opinions

I want to start a new regular section on funny comments in actual cases by the judge. Maybe someone can suggest a great title.

I got the idea when I was reading through a case for my moot court brief, as a general rule, it is never a good thing when the judge says this about your argument,
We were not impressed
(citation withheld until after the moot court competition)

Here is the inaugural quote:
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 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, 406 F.3d 857, 859 n.1 (7th Cir. 2005).

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