Barenblatt v. United States

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Barenblatt v. United States
by the Supreme Court of the United States

Barenblatt v. United States, 360 U.S. 109 (1959), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the actions of the House Un-American Activities Committee did not violate the First Amendment and, thus, the Court upheld Barenblatt's conviction for contempt of Congress. The Court held that the congressional committee had authority to compel a college professor to answer questions about his Communist Party membership.

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United States Supreme Court

360 U.S. 109

Barenblatt  v.  United States

 Argued: Nov. 18, 1958. --- Decided: June 8, 1959

See 80 S.Ct. 40.

[Syllabus from pages 109-110 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Edward J. Ennis, Washington, D.C., for the petitioner.

Mr. Philip R. Monahan, Washington, D.C., for the respondent.

Mr. Justice HARLAN delivered the opinion of the Court.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).

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