Morford v. United States
339 U.S. 258 (1950)

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Morford v. United States, 339 U.S. 258 (1950)

Morford v. United States

No. 236

Decided April 10, 1950

339 U.S. 258

Syllabus

Petitioner, who is Executive Director of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc., was convicted in the District of Columbia of violating R.S. § 102, 2 U.S.C. § 192, by willfully refusing to produce certain documents before the Committee on Un-American Activities of the House of Representatives in compliance with a subpoena duly served upon him. On voir dire examination, counsel for petitioner was not permitted to question government employees on the jury panel with specific reference to the possible influence of Executive Order 9835, the so-called "Loyalty Order," on their ability to render a just and impartial verdict, and four government employees were permitted to serve on the jury over his objection.

Held: the conviction is reversed because of this denial of an opportunity to prove actual bias on the part of the government employees who served on the jury. P. 339 U. S. 259.

85 U.S.App.D.C. 172, 176 F.2d 54, reversed.

Petitioner, who is Executive Director of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc., was indicted in the District of Columbia for violating R.S. § 102, 2 U.S.C. § 192, by willfully refusing to produce certain documents before the Committee on Un-American Activities of the House of Representatives in compliance with the subpoena duly served upon him. Four government employees served on the jury over his objection, and he was convicted. The Court of Appeals affirmed. 85 U.S.App.D.C. 172, 176 F.2d 54. Certiorari granted, and conviction reversed, p. 339 U. S. 259.

Page 339 U. S. 259

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