Archive for March 6th, 2019

Is There A Problem With Your Record?

posted by Judge_Burke @ 19:44 PM
March 6, 2019

Could Black English Mean a Prison Sentence? By John McWhorter, The Atlantic (Jan. 31, 2019), 

Here is a quick look at how cultural variations in language usage can easily become mis-transcribed by court reporters.  This can obviously result in inaccurate (and unjustly incriminating) court transcripts. (While this article is being presented from one viewpoint, we thought it was timely and merited inclusion because of the recent focus the Judicial Council and its Court Record Workgroup has put on the court record. Readers can evaluate it as they would any other opinion piece.)