Thanks to D.C.-based "Convictions" reader Mark I. Levy for sending this late entry to last month's Recusal Quiz :
In answer to our question on seminal cases in which one more recusal would have compelled the Supreme Court to affirm without opinion—as it did last month in an Alien Tort Statute case—Mark points us to Chevron v. National Resources Defense Council (1984). Establishing a principle of deferring to administrative agencies known to this day as " Chevron deference," a unanimous court reversed the opinion below. That unanimity came in the form of a 6-0 vote; Justices Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, and William H. Rehnquist did not take part. Thus, in Chevron as in the Shelley case cited a few days ago, one more recusal would have led to a far different result.
TODAY IN SLATE
Smash and Grab
I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
Republicans Want the Government to Listen to the American Public on Ebola. That’s a Horrible Idea.
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Tom Hanks Has a Short Story in the New Yorker. It’s Not Good.
Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy
It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?