RECOVERY: Schechter for Belcher

Fortnight ago the Roosevelt Administration ducked its first opportunity for a clean-cut test of NRA's constitutionality when at the Government's request the Supreme Court dismissed the case against Lumberman William Elbert Belcher, who had deliberately refused to obey the Lumber Code (TIME, April 8). This procedure practically demoralized NRA's personnel, precipitated a nation-wide epidemic of petty code violations and put the Government in the equivocal position of asking for an extension of the NIRA without daring to risk a showdown on the Act's basic validity. To hush critical cries of cowardice,...

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