Adams v. Maryland - 347 U.S. 179 (1954)
U.S. Supreme Court
Adams v. Maryland, 347 U.S. 179 (1954)
Adams v. Maryland
Argued January 7, 1954
Decided March 8, 1954
347 U.S. 179
1. In response to a summons, petitioner appeared before a Senate Committee investigating crime. Answering without objection questions asked on behalf of the Committee, he confessed to having run a gambling business in Maryland.
Held: under 18 U.S.C. § 3486, his testimony before the Committee was inadmissible in his trial in a state court for a gambling offense, and his conviction based on such evidence is reversed. Pp. 347 U. S. 179-183.
(a) Petitioners failure to claim a constitutional privilege against self-incrimination did not deprive him of the statutory protection afforded by § 3486. Pp. 347 U. S. 180-181.
(b) Section 3486 applies to criminal proceedings in state courts, as well as federal courts. Pp. 347 U. S. 181-182.
2. As thus construed, § 3486 does not exceed the constitutional power of Congress. P. 347 U. S. 183.
202 Md. 455, 97 A.2d 281, reversed.