The Supreme Court: Challenge to Congress

After weeks of fuming, fretting and fussing over Adam Clayton Powell's storied peccadillos, the House of Representatives voted in 1967 to bar him from his seat. The Congressman from Harlem, who had sat in the House for 22 years, appealed to the federal judiciary for redress. Last week, after rebuffs at the district and appeals levels of the bench, Powell won an unusual victory. The Supreme Court ruled 7 to 1 that the House had acted unconstitutionally in denying him his congressional seat. In so doing, the Court mounted an unprecedented challenge to...

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