The Congress: Outlaw in the House

It was getting to the point where Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell had to study a timetable before he could tell when it was safe for him to set foot in New York. Last week a state court obligingly simplified matters for him.

Held in civil contempt for refusing to pay a $164,000 libel judgment, Powell for months has been subject to arrest and a year's imprisonment if he entered the state. He was safe on Sundays, though, because the case did not involve criminal contempt, and his congressional immunity protected him whenever the House was in session. But Powell...

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