May 10, 2011

What do the justices have on their iPods?

For some light reading, check out this article in the Chicago Tribune explaining that Bob Dylan is cited more often than any other songwriter in legal opinions and briefs. Out of curiosity, we checked the California Supreme Court’s stats on the subject, and it appears Bob Dylan has been cited only once by the Court. (Flowers v. Torrance Memorial Hospital Medical Center (1994) 8 Cal.4th 992, 1001, fn. 4 [the “common knowledge” exception to the rule requiring expert testimony to establish professional negligence “appears to be a corollary to the observation ‘you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.’ (Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bringing It All Back Home (Columbia Records 1965).)”].) The justices seem less persuaded by song lyrics than by other forms of literature—Lewis Carroll and Shakespeare beat out Bob Dylan by a fair margin. Doesn’t it make you wonder what’s on the justices’ iPods?

One Response to “What do the justices have on their iPods?”

  1. The L.A. Times article on this was interesting too.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bob-dylan-law-20110509,0,7507838.story

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