Is Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems’ Legally Accurate? A legal review

Nuggets like this deserves to resurface. Caleb Mason’s legal review of Jay Z’s “99 Problems”. Published in the Saint Louis University Law Journal. Available as a PDF here. A great read!

Here’s a sample: “Well, my glove compartment is locked, so is the trunk and the back / 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.

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About TeeYay

Ph.D. in Assessment, Monitoring, and Geospatial Analysis (applied statistics) from the University of Minnesota, USA.
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