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Supreme Court’s Kagan invokes Tommy Tutone hit “867-5309/Jenny”

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The sun shines through cloud cover above the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, June 13, 2013. The U.S. …

Yes, yes, bombshell NSA surveillance revelations, civil war in Syria, the ailing economy, the IRS controversy—there are many, many more important stories to cover. But as someone who was a teen in the 1980s, the idea that a Supreme Court justice might casually reference Tommy Tutone's 1982 smash hit "867-5309/Jenny" in a ruling is just irresistible.

And that, as first noted by SCOTUSblog, is exactly what happened on Thursday: Justice Elena Kagan, writing the opinion in a unanimous decision in American Trucking Associations v. City of Los Angeles, California, noted:

Under that contract, a company may transport cargo at the Port in exchange for complying with various requirements. 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 (2) submit a plan listing off-street parking locations for each truck when not in service.

What does the band think of this? Yahoo News reached out by telephone to Craig Marquardo of Fathom Artist Management, which reps the band (as well as noted fruit-smasher Gallagher). Marquardo chuckled on hearing the news, searched online for the context, and then offered a quick reaction.

"Tommy’d be tickled," he said, apparently referring to lead singer Tommy Heath. "We’ve always known the song had legs and would resonate. Little did we know that the Supreme Court were such big fans. Maybe Justice Elena [sic] is a closet ‘Jenny’ fan?"

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