SUPREME COURT: Divided Counsel

In 40,000 words, the United States Supreme Court last week spoke its divided mind on two phases of the Government's loyalty program.

¶ The court held, 5-3, that the Attorney General may not organization as subversive without a hearing. This was in the case of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee, the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc., and the International Workers Order, Inc., all tagged as Communist-front groups. Justice Harold H. Burton, writing the majority opinion, held that the Attorney General's listing was "arbitrary."

¶ In the second case, the Court split right down the middle—4-4. The question was whether...

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