Today, I’m sharing an awesome (but admittedly nerdy) law review article that is currently making the runs among us lawyer folk. Caleb Mason just published an article that discusses the constitutional accuracy of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” For a variety of reasons (I’m a lawyer, I’m a huge Jay-Z fan, I’m a nerd) this article has pleased me to no end.
There are gems like this:
I got a few dollars I can fight the case . . . Staying cool is easier to do, of
course, if you have a few dollars to hire a good attorney. If you’re going to get
an overworked public defender or a bottom-feeding court lurker who’ll just try
to get you to take a quick plea, then bouncing on the double starts to look more
attractive, even given the considerations discussed above. Jay-Z had money,
he could get a good lawyer, he made the right choice.
And my personal favorite (and a wonderful mini con law lesson to boot):
And I know my rights, so you go’n need a warrant for that . . . If this
Essay serves no other purpose, I hope it serves to debunk, for any readers who
persist in believing it, the myth that locking your trunk will keep the cops from
searching it. Based on the number of my students who arrived at law school
believing that if you lock your trunk and glove compartment, the police will
need a warrant to search them, I surmise that it’s even more widespread among
the lay public. But it’s completely, 100% wrong.
There is no warrant requirement for car searches.
Seriously, the article is awesome and if you have a few minutes I highly recommend you check it out!