August 04, 2004 06:33 PM
We Plead Living Large, Your Honor
Someone who would know better than us calls this decision by the 11th Circuit Court "the Cliff's Notes to an Iceberg Slim novel," but we're thinking it's more like, if Iceberg Slim were a lawyer:
To persuade underage females to prostitute for them, the Defendants (and other pimps charged in the indictment) presented a vision of ostentatious living, promising fame and fortune. Pimps perpetrated this myth with their own flamboyant dress, flashy jewelry, and exotic, expensive cars. To support this apparently extravagant lifestyle, each pimp kept a stable of prostitutes with a well-defined pecking order. At the top of each pimp’s organization was his “bottom girl,” a trusted and experienced prostitute or female associate. Next in the pimp’s chain of command was a “wife-inlaw,” a prostitute with supervisory duties similar to those of the bottom girl. A pimp’s bottom girl or wife-in-law often worked the track in his stead, running interference for and collecting money from the pimp’s other prostitutes. The bottom girl also looked after the pimp’s affairs if the pimp was out of town, incarcerated, or otherwise unavailable.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, versus CHARLES FLOYD PIPKINS, a.k.a. Sir Charles, ANDREW MOORE, JR., a.k.a. Batman [Eleventh Cicuit via TMFTML via Throwing Things via How Appealling]