The Law: The Nixon Court: Progress Report

As the death-penalty decision made clear, the Supreme Court has rarely been so neatly balanced. Although the court tipped to the liberal side in that decision, a bare majority of five justices also ruled last week that:

> Members of Congress or their aides can be questioned at trials or by grand juries on any matters other than those "that are part and parcel of the legislative process." Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, backed by the Senate, had argued that the constitutional immunity of legislators extended even to the actions of an aide in arranging for publication of Pentagon papers that Gravel had...

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