National Affairs: Article 62

An Article of War, the 62nd, prescribes such punishment "as a court martial may direct" for "contemptuous or disrespectful words against the President, Vice President, the Congress of the U. S., the Secretary of War or the Governor or Legislature of any states."

Last week, Private Walter Trumbull, No. 6,112,765, Service Co., 21st Inf., was sentenced to dishonorable discharge and 26 years at hard labor by a court martial in Honolulu, for breach of Article 62, and also participation in a communist plot which was said to have collided with the general "good...

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