Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ginsburg's Hobby Lobby Dissent Made Into A Song

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores has been turned into a song by musician Jonathan Mann.

Side note: there is also an opera called Scalia/Ginsburg by composer Derrick Wang. Justice Ginsberg and Justice Antonin Scalia have heard the opera and both are fans.

The libretto draws heavily from the decisions of the two jurists — good friends who frequently differ in their interpretation of the Constitution but heartily agree in their love of the opera. Scalia is portrayed by a tenor, Ginsburg by a soprano.

After hearing a preview of Wang’s work in progress, the real-life and deeper-voiced Scalia told National Public Radio that “the music was wonderful,” adding, “you know, if I had my choice I’d be a tenor.” Ginsburg remarked that “if God could give me any talent in the world, I would be a great diva.”

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