Will the man dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, carrying a blue-steel pistol finally be brought to Justice?

Today, the FBI released hundreds of pages of heavily-redacted documents from the March 1997 slaying of Christopher Wallace, one Notorious B.I.G. Despite efforts by law enforcement and Wallace’s family, his killer has never been brought to justice. The suspects include: the driver of a black Chevrolet Impala SS — an African American male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, carrying a blue-steel pistol;  co-founder of Death Row Records Suge Knight; and the LAPD, among others.

Access the files here, here, and here.

Via the LA Times.

Defining Pimpin’ Aint Easy

Jomo Zambia wants his previous conviction for pandering expunged despite already serving his four year jail sentence, leaving the California Supreme Court to mull over Too $hort and 50 Cent lyrics. Specifically the Court has been trying to figure out exactly what the California definition of pandering means: a crime for anyone who “induces, persuades or encourages another person to become a prostitute.”

What Zambia’s lawyer contends is that only a pimp who recruits innocent victims and not working already prostitutes can be guilty of the offense of pandering. All other pimps are merely guilty of attempting to pander or solicitation of a prostitute. “You can’t become what you already are,” Zambia’s attorney, Vanessa Place, argued.

And her argument seems to have legs (fishnet-clad ones at that). While Justices Marvin Baxter, Ming Chin and Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian seemed ready to side with the state, Justice Joyce Kennard said Zambia made a compelling argument. “When one is already a prostitute, one can’t be encouraged to be a prostitute,” Kennard said. “That seems to be a common-sense interpretation.”

Read more about the origins of the word pimp in a 2008 Slate article and forward it along to the Court while you’re at it.

From the Chron.

The Turducken: a Fitting Metaphor in Privacy Law

As featured on NYTimes’ Sidebar.

Maybe the courts are getting hipper or maybe it’s the boomers discovering things like facebook, nose rings, and tweeting. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit wrote in his dissent: “It’s a bit like building a dinosaur from a jawbone or a skull fragment, and the result looks more like a turducken.” On the other hand this is the most delicious metaphor since Holmes so eloquently equated “chicken and dumplings” to the plain meaning rule and the parole evidence rule.

See page 1052

Nelson v. National Aeronautics and Space Admin., 568 F. 3d 1028 (2009).

The 7th Circuit flexes it’s hip hop muscle: U.S. v. Murphy, 406 F. 3d 857 (2005).

The 7th Circuit, or more likely one of their overeager clerks, thought it necessary to clarify the trial court’s transcript with corrected spelling, usage instruction, and example from Ludacris of the use of the word “ho,” as in “snitch bitch ho.”

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.”

It’s only a matter of time before the next round of judges feel it necessary to elucidate on Too-Short’s “bi-atch” or Snoop’s “shizzle.”

See footnote 1.