Ruthenberg v. United States
245 U.S. 480 (1918)

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U.S. Supreme Court

Ruthenberg v. United States, 245 U.S. 480 (1918)

Ruthenberg v. United States

No. 656

Argued December 13, 14, 1917

Decided January 14, 1918

245 U.S. 480

ERROR TO THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO

As to the constitutionality of the Selective Draft Law, the case is ruled by the Selective Draft Law Cases, ante,245 U. S. 366.

No infraction of constitutional or statutory right is predicable of the fact that the indictment and conviction of a socialist are returned by grand and petit juries composed exclusively of members of other political parties and property owners.

Upon a criminal trial of defendants who are socialists, it is not error for the district court to refuse them permission to ask the jurors whether they distinguish between socialists and anarchists.

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