An anger-filled petition to the U.S. Supreme Court prompted five justices to recuse themselves Tuesday, raising the knotty question of what happens to a case before the high court when it lacks a quorum.

Disbarred intellectual property lawyer Patrick Missud, who has been litigating a dispute with a Nevada home builder for a decade, asked the justices to review his case, but predicted that Chief Justice “Johnny Robert$,” as he called him, “won’t even docket this writ.” Missud went on to call Roberts a traitor.

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