COMMUNISTS: The Heart of the Matter

In spite of the endless bickering of defense counsel in Manhattan's federal courthouse, the trial of the nation's eleven top Communists began to take shape. Last week, an exchange between Judge Harold Medina and Party Boss Eugene Dennis, who is defending himself, threw the fundamental issue of the case into sharp, clear focus.

As they had time & time again, defense lawyers angrily objected to the introduction of Communist books as evidence of criminal intent. Books and ideas were not on trial, they said. Such methods, said Dennis, were a violation of...

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