The Congress: Shoo on the Other Foot

In 1965, Adam Clayton Powell voted to exclude from the House of Representatives five members-elect from Mis sissippi—even though the delegation met all constitutional requirements for admission. All were over 25, U.S. citizens and residents of the state they sought to represent.*Now that the shoo is on the other foot, Powell contends that Congress has no constitutional right to deny him his own seat in Congress. Last week his suit based on this argument was thrown out of Federal District Court in Washington.

Judge George Hart Jr. refused to rule on the merits of Powell's case. Declaring that the historic...

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