Bob Dylan as boilerplate law

Now and again an interesting law review article shows up that anyone can appreciate. Enter Professor Alex Long and his article on the most oft quoted musicians in legal journals and judicial opinions. Here’s your top 1o list from 2006:

Artist Number of Citations in Legal Journals Number of Citations in Judicial Opinions Total
1. Bob Dylan 160 26 186
2. The Beatles 71 3 74
3. Bruce Springsteen 64 5 69
4. Paul Simon 51 8 59
5. Woody Guthrie 42 1 43
6. Rolling Stones 35 4 39
7. Grateful Dead 30 2 32
8. Simon & Garfunkel 26 4 30
9. Joni Mitchell 27 1 28
10. R.E.M. 27 0 27

[Insert Song Lyrics Here]: The Uses and Misuses of Popular Music Lyrics in Legal Writing

Alex Long’s [Insert Song Lyrics Here]: The Uses and Misuses of Popular Music Lyrics in Legal Writing

Why Jon Stewart failed to make John Yoo squirm

“And that’s why Stewart was set up to fail. No matter what the question, Yoo was able to fall back on vagaries about constitutional interpretation, war and peace, and presidential power. Your beef isn’t with me, he seemed to say. It’s with the Founding Fathers.”

Watching the Daily Show interview it quickly becomes clear that as a lawyer and an educator, John Yoo has talked himself out of tighter spots than probing Jon Stewart questions. I imagine this interview was as excruciating to conduct as it is to watch.

Read the entirety at Slate.

Update: A few years ago the University of San Francisco hosted a debate between Jon Yoo and Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg, a brilliant teacher who has dedicated himself to righting the wrongs of Guantanamo Bay and the Bush Administration. Prof. Honigsberg wrote a short article about the time he “debated a war criminal” last year for the Huffington Post.

Can I still write off a child as a deduction if they’ve been kidnapped?

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IRS says yes, so long as:

  1. The child must be presumed by law enforcement to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of your family or a member of the child’s family, and
  2. The child had, for the taxable year in which the kidnapping occurred, the same principal place of abode as the taxpayer for more than one-half of the portion of such year before the date of kidnapping.