JUDICIARY: Hip Pocket Law

One day last week the nine wise faces of nine elderly justices of the U. S. Supreme Court crinkled in sedate amusement as they wrung from a perspiring Assistant Attorney General the tale of how the New Deal's lawmaking machine had slipped a cog.

In the course of his attack on the Constitutionality of the Recovery Act, an attorney for two Texas oil companies had mentioned to the Supreme Court the case of four oilmen jailed for violating a supposed provision of the Petroleum Code. A trial...

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