What's the Right Way to Cite "My Way"?

That's the urgent question posed by Judge Carnes to whichever clerk helped him write this opinion:
Allen was arrested in California three months later and brought back to Florida. During his first meeting with his appointed attorney, Allen set out the terms of their relationship. He said it was going to be “a Frank Sinatra case,” by which he meant they were going to conduct the case the way he wanted. Cf. Frank Sinatra, My Way (Reprise Records 1969). He told the attorney that “from start to finish on my case we [are] going to do it my way; not the way [you] thought or the way [the prosecutors] thought, we will do it my way because it is my case.” In the words of the song that served as his inspiration, Allen “planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway” of the defense, and when done he could say that he “saw it through without exemption,” and “I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way.” Id.
As a loyal tipster points out, when your client uses this song to describe her lawsuit, you have a problem client.

In fact, I remember a client a few years back who told me "I better get a chaperon because she can't stop messin' with the danger zone."

I was somewhat unclear about what she meant, so if I recall correctly she clarified that "I won't worry, and I won't fret, ain't no law against it yet."

Still uncertain over her meaning, she then exclaimed -- quite delightfully as I look back in retrospect --"oop--she bop--she bop."

Does anyone know what she was talking about?

Cf. Cyndi Lauper, She Bop (Epic Records 1983).


  1. The right way to cite My Way is simply to drop a footnote and state that it was a song written by Paul Anka and sung by many a singer, most notably Frank Sinatra. If you are an Elvis nut, you might want to give him honorable mention as he did a version while strung out on alcohol and anti depressants.

  2. Indeed, I prefer that whacked-out version but the last time I put up a 70s Elvis clip I got hammered by my readers......

  3. Never live in fear of your readers SFL. Challenge them, and make them beg for more.

  4. Just the robed ones.

  5. SFL, you need to post some older Elvis stuff, from before he got all puffy. Your fans will love you and there's no telling what your clients will sing to you.

  6. Cyndi was talking about . . . ummm . . . "taking the law into her own hands," so-to-speak.

  7. 我怎么能要求更多的细节吗?伟大的职位需要知道更多...


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