Communists: Guilty

The Justice Department had struggled through a dozen years of legal pulling and hauling to get the Communist Party, U.S.A., into Federal District Court in Washington. Then, last week, it took a jury of four men and eight women only 30 minutes to find the party guilty on twelve counts of violating the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950. The charges centered on the party's refusal to register as a "Communist action organization," list the names of its members and reveal the sources of its funds.

Three times before, the party had carried to the Supreme...

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