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Slochower v. Board of Education of New York

Significance, Court Upholds Privilege Against Self-incrimination And Reinstates Professor, The Fifth Amendment


Harry Slochower


Board of Higher Education of the city of New York

Appellant's Claim

That a provision of the city's charter prohibiting the use by employees of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination violated his due process rights.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Ephraim S. London

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Daniel T. Scannell

Justices for the Court

Tom C. Clark (writing for the Court), John Marshall Harlan II, Stanley Forman Reed, Sherman Minton, Earl Warren

Justices Dissenting

Hugo Lafayette Black, Harold Burton, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

9 April 1956


The Supreme Court found the provision unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Adler v. Board of Education, 342 U.S. 485 (1952).
  • Ullmann v. United States, 350 U.S. 422 (1956).


Hurwitz, Howard L. An Encyclopedic Dictionary of American History. New York: Washington Square Press, 1974.

Further Readings

  • Diamond, Sigmund. Compromised Campus: The Collaboration of Universities with the Intelligence Community, 1945-1955. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Ladd, Everett Carll, and Seymour Martin Lipsett. The Divided Academy: Professors and Politics. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1975.
  • Schrecker, Ellen. No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities New York. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1986.

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