National Affairs: Affirmed

The right of a congressional committee to demand that witnesses say whether they are Communists was upheld this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. The decision approved the contempt convictions of Screen Writers John Howard Lawson and Dalton Trumbo, who had been sentenced to a year in jail and fined $1,000 for refusing to answer the question solely on the ground that the committee had no right to ask it.

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