Barenblatt v. United States
Significance, Government Interest In Self-preservation Found To Outweigh First Amendment Concerns, The Hollywood Ten
That compelled testimony before Congress about Communist affiliations violates First Amendment rights.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Edward J. Ennis
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Philip R. Monahan
Justices for the Court
Tom C. Clark, Felix Frankfurter, John Marshall Harlan II (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart, Charles Evans Whittaker
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Earl Warren
Date of Decision
8 June 1958
By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld Lloyd Barenblatt's conviction for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about his alleged past affiliation with the Communist Party.
- Watkins v. United States, 354 U.S. 178 (1957).
- United States v. Shelton, 148 F.Supp. 926 (1957).
- Russell v. United States, 369 U.S. 749 (1962).
Knappman, Edward W., ed. Great American Trials Detroit, MI: Visible Ink Press, 1994.
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