Bob Dylan in court

John Roberts Jr, a US Supreme Court judge, has made rock ‘n’ roll legal history by citing Bob Dylan.

“The absence of any right to the substantive recovery means that respondents cannot benefit from the judgment they seek and thus lack Article III standing,” Roberts wrote. “‘When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.’ Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone, on Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia Records 1965).”

Although the lyric is slightly wrong, it’s not the first time the veteran songwriter has been mentioned in court. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” has apparently been cited in 18 court decisions.

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