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SACHER V. UNITED STATES, 356 U. S. 576 (1958)

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Sacher v. United States, 356 U.S. 576 (1958)

Sacher v. United States

No. 828

Decided May 19, 1958

356 U.S. 576


Petitioner was convicted of violating 2 U.S.C. § 192 by failing to answer three questions put to him by a subcommittee of the Internal Security Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and his conviction was sustained by a divided Court of Appeals.

Held: his refusal to answer related to questions not clearly pertinent to the subject on which the two-member subcommittee conducting the hearing had been authorized to take testimony. Therefore, the conditions necessary to sustain a conviction for deliberately refusing to answer questions pertinent to the authorized subject matter of a congressional hearing were wanting. Certiorari is granted, and the judgment is reversed. Watkins v. United States, 354 U. S. 178. Pp. 356 U. S. 576-578.

102 U.S.App.D.C. 264, 252 F.2d 828, reversed and remanded.

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