Marakar v. United States/Opinion of the Court

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Opinion of the Court

United States Supreme Court

370 U.S. 723


The motions for leave to proceed in forma pauperis are granted. On motion of the Solicitor General and upon an examination of the entire record, the petitions for writs of certiorari are granted, the judgments are vacated, and the causes are remanded to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey with directions to dismiss the indictments.

Mr. Justice BLACK, Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, and Mr. Justice BRENNAN join the Court's disposition because they believe that the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment was an insurmountable barrier to the prosecution of these petitioners under the separate indictments returned on April 26, 1961 charging each petitioner with a substantive offense of illegally bringing opium into this country. See Abbate v. United States, 359 U.S. 187, 196, 79 S.Ct. 666, 3 L.Ed.2d 729 (separate opinion); cf. Petite v. United States 361 U.S. 529, 533, 80 S.Ct. 450, 4 L.Ed.2d 490 (dissenting opinion).

Mr. Justice FRANKFURTER took no part in the consideration or decision of these cases.


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).