Only One “Qualified Justice” for a Case

Today’s order list had this interesting item:

09-1318 — HENDERSON, GLENN C. V. SONY PICTURES, ET AL.
Because the Court lacks a quorum, 28 U. S. C. §1, and since the only qualified Justice is of the opinion that the case
cannot be heard and determined at the next Term of Court, the judgment is affirmed under 28 U. S. C. §2109, which provides that under these circumstances “the court shall enter its order affirming the judgment of the court from which the case was brought for review with the same effect as upon affirmance by an equally divided court.” The Chief Justice, Justice Stevens, Justice Scalia, Justice Kennedy, Justice Thomas, Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, and Justice Alito took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition.