Vandeventer Black and Woods Rogers to Merge, Forming Virginia-Based Powerhouse Law Firm

EDVA TRIVIA: Once the Fourth Circuit Overturned Justice Rehnquist!

Share This Article

While serving as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice William Rehnquist presided over a trial in the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division.  The case, Heislup v. Town of Colonial Beach, involved accusations that the plaintiff was suspended as a police officer for several days after making a public statement regarding police misconduct by a fellow officer.  Judge Rehnquist denied a motion for a directed verdict, and the jury found in favor of the Plaintiff.  In a reversal of roles, the Fourth Circuit reviewed Justice Rehnquist’s order on the directed verdict, and reversed on appeal.  It is one of the few times a panel of Circuit Court judges were able to overrule a Supreme Court Justice.  But, perhaps intentionally, that ruling was not a published decision.  It is worth a read just for the novelty of Justice Rehnquist sitting by designation.

See what our legal team can do for your business.

Upcoming Events
Stay Connected
    Your Cart
    Your cart is empty