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Barenblatt v. United States (1959)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Barenblatt v. United States  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 11/18/1958
Decided 6/08/1959
Supreme Court Vote 5-4
 
IssueWhether the Subcommittee of the House Committee on Un-American Activities’ inquiry into petitioner’s past or present membership in the Communist Party violated the First Amendment.
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Harlan, J.
Dissenting Opinion Black, J. (joined by Warren, C.J. & Douglas, J.), and Brennan, J.
Lower Court Distict of Columbia Court of Appeals
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied.
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Edward J. Ennis

For Respondent
Philip R. Monahan argued the cause for the United States

Briefs
For Amicus
Nathan Witt and John M. Coe for the National Lawyers Guild.

Ralph F. Fuchs and Leo A. Huard for the American Association of University Professors

News Stories & Commentary
Lewis, Anthony, "High Court Tests Inquiries’ Power; Hears Cases of Quaker and Ex-Vassar Teacher Who Defied Legislators," New York Times, November 19, 1958, p. 33
Other
Irons, Peter, THE COURAGE OF THEIR CONVICTIONS: SIXTEEN AMERICANS WHO FOUGHT THEIR WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT (1988), pp. 81-104
Kalven, Harry, "Meiklejohn & the Barenblatt Opinion," 27 University Chicago Law Review 315 (1960)
Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2nd ed., 1988), pp. 376-377
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