In her recent opinion, Texas Supreme Court justice Debra Lehrmann quoted the cult classic film, The Big Lebowski.
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 film about a white-russian and pot fueled Jeff Bridges who plays Jeffrey ‘The Dude” Lebowski. The quote used in the Texas Supreme Court opinion was taken from one of The Dude’s friends, Walter, is a gun-toting, hot headed bowling enthusiast. The quote used in the decision that came from Walter is, “The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is similarly suspicious of prior restraints.”
To me, the primary significance of this, is that a Texas Supreme Court judge has watch The Big Lebowski so many times that she has quotes memorized. The citation of the quote is entertaining in itself:
According to Business Insider, “It was a freedom of speech appeals case, in which Andrew Barnes wrote on two websites that Robert Kinney had been implicated in a kickback scheme while he was Barnes’ employee. Kinney sued and demanded a permanent injunction against the allegedly defamatory statements.”