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Wager of Justice: The Betting Commission and the 1984 Campaign

Green Bag 2d, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 89-96, Autumn 2010

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 10-62

9 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2010  

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Date Written: December 9, 2010

Abstract

Much has been said, most of it indulgently, about William Rehnquist’s enthusiasm for small-scale, friendly wagering. On more than one occasion, for example, Chief Justice John Roberts has described the place of gambling in his predecessor’s life:

Although occasionally a stern figure on the bench, the Chief had a whimsical side. He was a great one for games . . . . He excelled at trivia contests and enjoyed small wagers on anything – athletic contests, presidential elections, the day of the first snowfall, and how much snow there would be.

Less has been said about the operational details of the gambling enterprises Rehnquist participated in. This article provides a quick look at one of them: the Betting Commission of which he was an active member during the 1984 election season.

Keywords: Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Clerk, Commissions, Election, Gamble, George Revercomb, Harry Blackmun, Herman Obermayer, John Paul Stevens, Metropolitan Club, Nixon, Potter Stewart, President, Presidential, Recusal, Recuse, Richard Moore, Ronald Reagan, Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court

JEL Classification: K2, K21, K23, K40

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., Wager of Justice: The Betting Commission and the 1984 Campaign (December 9, 2010). Green Bag 2d, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 89-96, Autumn 2010; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 10-62. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1722865

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