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99 Problems is a song by Jay-Z. It’s a good song. It was a big hit in 2004.2 I’m writing about it now because it’s time we added it to the canon of criminal procedure pedagogy. In one compact, teachable verse (Verse 2), the song forces us to think about traffic stops, vehicle searches, drug smuggling, probable cause, and racial profiling, and it beautifully tees up my favorite pedagogical heuristic: life lessons for cops and robbers. And as it turns out, I’m not late to the game after all: Jay-Z recently published a well-received volume of criticism and commentary that includes his own marginal notes on Verse 2 of 99 Problems.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Meri
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 04:27:07

    The women and sports article is based on focus group interviews, so it’s not a quantitative study and is based on a completely different methodology. A qualitative study can certainly be based on a small sample and still be published; I’ve seen smaller ones, for that matter. But I don’t believe it’s a top-rated journal. You can read the actual article online and see what you think of it:

    The results of the “faking it” study don’t surprise me.

    I don’t think light photo-editing is a problem so much as the over-the-top photoshopping we’ve been seeing. I assume Seventeen still intends to do some (light) retouching on photos, but certainly choosing healthy-looking models and giving a behind the scenes look at the process is a great idea. It’s definitely great to see kids taking action about things that matter.

  2. Kaetrin
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 05:48:25

    A study recently offered as evidence in a case was based on only 8 people. So, apparently small samples can and do get published.

  3. Kaetrin
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 06:35:05

    Just read the law professor’s breakdown of the Jay-Z song. Fascinating and amusing. Not dry as dust at all. I imagine he’d be a very entertaining and popular teacher. Great link, thx. :)

  4. LisaCharlotte
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 07:50:03

    I would assume the faking it study confirms why every actor falls in love with their costar.

  5. Lada
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 08:28:05

    Aren’t arranged marriages sort of based on the “faking it” idea? People I know in arranged marriages grew up believing “first comes marriage, then comes love” and I imagine some faking of feelings/intimacy help those marriages early on.

  6. Brie
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 09:01:08

    What @Meri said. It’s a qualitative study which is a different kettle of fish. I’ve seen qualitative studies made with as few as 5 subjects. The article isn’t even focused on women watching sports just for their husbands’ sake. It’s quite interesting. Thanks for the links!

  7. Tina
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 09:52:29

    Oh my, that law review was interesting and incredibly accessible for the lay-person. I agree with Kaetrin that professor sounds like he’d be very interesting. I especially like how he manages to pepper bits of Jay-Z’s verse in with his legal explanation:

    “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”

    Admittedly, my love affair with rap ended in the late 80s, but I always love to read analyses of rap lyrics because pared away from the white noise of the music, dope beats, visual bling and gyrating bodies on the videos that accompany them they are often more incisive, intelligent, poignant and poetic than one might think.

  8. Estara
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 10:46:37

    Wow. That law article was a delight to read and almost all understandable to the lay person – and the footnote explanations helped even more. The only bit that soured my enjoyment a bit was the happy open note of offering counsel to drug runners AND police. Heh.

  9. SonomaLass
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 13:58:42

    I’m pleased by the success that the SPARK team had with Seventeen. Body image is a common concern among my students, and this is a frequent choice of for research for group or public speaking projects. The questions always come down to “what can we do about it?,” and the answer is always, “speak up, sign petitions, let publishers and advertisers know how you feel.” I’m glad that their research will now turn up a clear instance that this approach works.

  10. CK
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 14:07:47

    Oh! So that explains why I watch football. I’ll be sure to tell that to my husband who’s been wondering since I watch it more than he does. It’s all about me wanting to please him and nothing at all with those nice tight pants.

  11. Tracy S
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 22:47:14

    According to the sports study I’m an oddball. I watch as much sports as my hubby and my favorites to watch are baseball and football–not figure skating and gymnastics. I’ve also been known to watch Sports Center on ESPN. LOL

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