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.