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PIEMONTE V. UNITED STATES, 367 U. S. 556 (1961)

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Piemonte v. United States, 367 U.S. 556 (1961)

Piemonte v. United States

No. 122

Argued March 21, 1961

Decided June 19, 1961

367 U.S. 556


While serving a sentence for a federal narcotics offense, petitioner was summoned before a federal grand jury and asked questions concerning his crime, as well as other transactions in narcotics. He invoked his privilege against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer. Acting pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1406, which grants immunity from prosecution to a witness compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning violations of the narcotics laws, the United States Attorney obtained a court order granting petitioner immunity and directing him to testify. On his refusal to do so, partly because he feared for his life and that of his family, he was adjudged guilty of criminal contempt.

Held: the conviction is sustained. Reina v. United States, 364 U. S. 507. Pp. 367 U. S. 556-561.

276 F.2d 148 affirmed.

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