Elena Kagan Ruling Cites ... Tommy Tutone Song
She makes reference to '867-5309' in decision
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 5:14 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court ruled today that truckers at the Port of Los Angeles can't be forced to affix "How Am I Driving?" placards on their trucks, reports the LA Times. The decision is getting more attention than you might expect, however, thanks to Elena Kagan's sense of humor and apparent fondness for 1980s music. Here's the excerpt (with emphasis added), spotted by the Daily Beast:

  • “... The two directly at issue here compel the company to (1) affix a placard on each truck with a phone number for reporting environmental or safety concerns (You’ve seen the type: 'How am I driving? 213-867-5309') and ..."
That's right, Kagan made reference to the 1982 hit by Tommy Tutone "867-5309/Jenny." Yahoo News has more on the song's now legendary status in pop culture (and at phone companies).

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Jun 16, 2013 11:45 AM CDT
Good song, but not a great song. Now a great song is "Take on Me" by A-ha.
Jun 15, 2013 6:34 PM CDT
Gee, if only all of our SCOTUS justices could be as serious in their decisions as is this 0bama appointee.
Jun 14, 2013 12:22 PM CDT
Oh my goodness! Someone in the Supreme Court made a pop culture reference in their reference. Isn't everything now just super-fun and all sparkles and rainbows and such. Finally some light, happy, la-la "news" instead of all the frown-face, grown-up, serious, adult news that "Newser" is usually identified with. I like stickers and unicorns and ponies!!!