THE LAW: Short Leash Shortened

In a sweeping interpretation of an already sweeping decision, U.S. District Judge Luther W. Youngdahl in Washington last week shortened the leash that the Supreme Court recently tied to congressional investigating committees. Taking off from the Supreme Court's ruling in the Watkins case (TIME, July 1), Youngdahl set aside the contempt-of-Congress conviction of the New York Times's Copyreader Seymour Peck, who last year declined to tell a Senate Internal Security subcommittee the names of Reds he had known during the twelve years he was a Communist (he quit the party in 1949)....

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