SUPREME COURT: Testing the Loyalty Program

Dr. John Punnett Peters, 67, senior professor of medicine at Yale University, served as a consultant to the U.S. Public Health Service until, in 1953, the Loyalty Review Board decided: "On all the evidence, there is a reasonable doubt as to Dr. Peters' loyalty to the Government of the United States." Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments on his appeal; its ruling is expected this month. A decision in his favor could virtually demolish the present federal loyalty program, because the issue in this case goes to the heart of the matter.

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