Skip to comments.Philly judges discuss language access following study of court reporters
Posted on 06/10/2019 3:13:14 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
How long is a minute, exactly?
Common Pleas Court Judge Kai Scott, thinking of courtroom scenarios, offered the phrase: She was there for a minute.
A person whos hearing it could think that person meant an actual minute, Scott said. But a minute, if youre in the black community, could be an hour. It could be six hours. A minute is a long time.
Situations like these were on the table last week at Why Language Matters, a closed event for Philly judges. Dozens of judges filled the room to workshop issues of miscomprehension of African American English.
The study raised serious concerns about errors in court records, but also, legal experts observed, about language access in the court system.
That was a big theme that everyone deserves to have equal access to justice, Scott, who co-chairs the Board of Judges judicial education committee, said of Thursdays event. If this is something thats an impediment to equal access to justice, we need to figure out what we need to do to make sure that its not.
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But a minute, if youre in the black community, could be an hour.”
This could be used SO WELL against libs, showing blacks just how much they think of their intelligence.
Words have meaning. Learn them!
Racial and linguistic bias are also hard to tease apart because language is part of how we construct race as social concept, Jones said.
Gee, not this race is a social construct crap again.
Okay, turn on the cell phone and take a voice recording. Let the listener decide.
So these judges aren't familiar with depositions, interviews, and trial testimony? That legal professionals, in a profession which exists almost entirely in the medium of language, somehow are not familiar with language and its usage?
That the ivory tower "linguists" with their publish or perish motivations, and agenda laden biases are more qualified to render opinions on what is or isn't slang, and ignore that communicative sloppiness is most often attributable to borderline illiteracy?
Or is it that the Judges are simply in need of re-education?
And in certain circles No means maybe...
When I use a word, Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to meanneither more nor less. The question is, said Alice, whether you can make words mean so many different things. The question is, said Humpty Dumpty, which is to be masterthat’s all.
“...African American English...”
I wonder if these ?people? were speaking “African American English”????
Day be jive talkin, homie.
Conservatives shouldn’t be caviling at this. Millions of people comprise dozens of groups that speak different languages today, all of which use English. It isn’t even a black-specific issue. There are, so to speak, Redneck, and Tough Guy, and other kinds of dialects in the “white community.” Courts which don’t recognize this will devolve into confusion.
The biggest take-away I get here is an observation of how the curse of Babel is threatening our country of English speakers. Courts can either recognize that, or pretend it isn’t there and plunge the country into worse injustice.
When someone says “innocent” I hear “guilty”, but when someone says “guilty” I hear “guilty”
“A person whos hearing it could think that person meant an actual minute, Scott said. But a minute, if youre in the black community, could be an hour. It could be six hours. A minute is a long time.
Might explain the slow walk of some people when crossing the street.
Your honor, I axed him for the money......
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