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Judge moves like Jagger in a court opinion

Mick Jagger in full form at a concert in Tel Aviv in June. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Janice Brown began her opinion Tuesday in an election law case thusly:

“The iconic musician Mick Jagger famously mused,” she wrote, that “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well, you just might find, you get what you need.”

As would be expected in court rulings, she included a citation: “The Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, on Let It Bleed (Decca Records 1969).” The court noted that Judge Thomas Griffith joined the opinion in full while Judge David Sentelle, obviously aware it was only rock n’ roll, merely “concurred in the judgment” in the case: Stop This Insanity Inc. Employee Leadership Fund v. Federal Election Commission.

This earns Brown the first-ever Loop award for best lead in a court opinion — appellate level.

That should give the Stones some satisfaction.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.



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