The Supreme Court: Citizenship & Other Cases

Under a U.S. law a citizen who goes or stays abroad in wartime to avoid military service has been subject to loss of citizenship. Last week the Supreme Court struck down that law. It was the first time in five years that the court had declared an act of Congress unconstitutional.

The ruling covered two separate cases. One man, Francisco Mendoza-Martinez, born in the U.S. of Mexican parents, by his own admission went to Mexico during World War II to escape the draft. The other man, Joseph Henry Cort, born in the U.S. and now resident in Communist Czechoslovakia, remained...

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