National Affairs: Hassle at Halftime

The whole thing was over before a Marxist could say monarcho-fascist-devia-tionist. One afternoon last week, U.S. Attorney John F. X. McGohey got to his feet in Manhattan Federal Court and announced unexpectedly: "The Government rests." It had completed the main body of its case against the eleven top U.S. Communists who are charged with conspiracy to advocate violent overthrow of the Government.

Long-suffering Federal Judge Harold R. Medina spoke up as soon as the prosecutor sat down: the Government had presented such a strong prima facie case that he would hear only limited argument on defense motions. He added that an hour...

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