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Alito Invokes Mick Jagger to Poke Fun at Biden Plagiarism

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“To coin a phrase, in the spirit of the vice president-elect, you can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito joked to his audience at a gala dinner hosted by the American Spectator on Wednesday.

“Did someone say that before?” the justice later quipped, referencing Joseph Biden’s withdrawal from the 1988 presidential campaign amid allegations he had plagiarized parts of a speech from a British politician, the Associated Press reports.

The Associated Press said that Alito’s jibe—an imperfect delivery of the Rolling Stones song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”—was one of several comedic references to Biden who sparred with Alito during the associate justice’s 2005 confirmation hearing.

Neither a Biden spokesman nor the Supreme Court immediately returned requests for comment from the AP and Politico, respectively.

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will swear in Biden as vice president on Jan. 20, a source close to the inaugural planners confirmed to The BLT: Blog of Legal Times.

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