/ May 12, 2011

Which Artists Are Cited Most Often in Legal Opinions?

On Tuesday night, NPR’s Robert Siegel had a great interview with Alex Long, a music enthusiast and University of Tennessee law professor who surveyed American legal documents to find out which artists are most often cited. In short:

Prof. LONG: Yeah. It’s Dylan in a landslide. The Beatles, Springsteen, The Rolling Stones come up behind him. But, yeah, he’s way out in front…The most commonly cited song [among judges and lawyers] is “Subterranean Homesick Blues”…

Inspired, we did a search for “Bob Dylan” on Fastcase. Below are a couple of our favorite references to the America’s most legally cited musician:

1. 125 Cal. App.3d 155 (“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” – on expert testimony ),

2. 454 F.3d 637 (99 years – on what constitutes a very long prison sentence – with Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Ed Bruce, Bill Anderson, Chloe Bain, and Guy Mitchell on what constitutes a very long prison sentence), and

3. 640 S.E.2d 152 (“ashamed, to live in a land where justice is a game” – West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Starcher, in the dissent, on how the majority opinion makes him feel).

NPR’s full interview with Professor Long is available here. Enjoy!

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