As the final oral argument of the Supreme Court's current term began on Wednesday, Justice Stephen Breyer left the bench but not to catch an early flight out of town. He was recused in the case, Meacham v Knolls Atomic Power Lab, as noted by the Associated Press yesterday.
The justice, who first announced his recusal on Jan. 18 when the Court said it would review the case, owns stock in State Street Bank according to his latest financial disclosure form. State Street owns a significant stake in Lockheed Martin, which in turn owns the Knolls Lab. A group of fired employees sued the New York lab alleging age discrimination. The lab claims the layoffs were made based on reasonable factors other than age. The question before the Court is whether the plaintiffs or the employer have the burden of proof.
For more details on this recusal action and others by Supreme Court justices, check out our Recusal Report page.