Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito quoted John Lennon at length in a recent ruling on public monuments, the Blog of Legal Times is reporting.
In his ruling on Pleasant Grove City, Utah v. Summum, which redefined public monuments as government speech, Alito noted that a Central Park mosaic displaying the word “Imagine” to commemorate Lennon conveys several messages. He pointed out that Lennon’s song imagined a “world without religion, countries, possessions, greed or hunger.”
Last year, Chief Justice John Roberts quoted Bob Dylan in an opinion.
It’s pretty cool to have Supreme Court justices referring to classic rock songs and artists in their rulings. I’m just waiting for the Pink Floyd reference:
“Well, I’ve always had a deep respect, and I mean that most sincere.
“The band is just fantastic; that is really what I think. Oh, by the way, which one’s Pink?
“And did we tell you the name of the game, boy? We call it riding the gravy train.”