Parodies Regained

Ruling on a Roy Orbison send-up, Justice Souter alights elegantly on the side of satire

Could it have happened this way? It is dusk at the Supreme Court chambers. Portraits of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and Felix Frankfurter gaze from the walls. A 54-year-old Justice from a rural white state cues up the official Supreme Court CD player, and we hear . . . Luther Campbell's bawdy, silly rap parody of the Roy Orbison classic, Oh, Pretty Woman: "Big hairy woman, you need to shave that stuff/ Big hairy woman, you know I bet it's tough/ Big hairy woman, all that hair ain't legit/ 'cause you look like 'Cousin It.' " Slowly, almost imperceptibly, Justice David...

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