SUPREME COURT: When a Risk Is Not a Risk

After reports came in that he associated with Communists and attended the meetings of a subversive organization called the Nature Friends of America, gaunt, balding Kendrick M. Cole was unceremoniously suspended from his $4,950-a-year job as a U.S. food and drug inspector in New York. At first Cole refused to reply to the charges, labeling them as "an invasion of my private rights." He quickly changed his mind, asked for an administrative hearing (which was denied), took his case to the courts, and went to work as a tree surgeon. That was three years ago. Last week, in a...

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