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Dennis VS United States Petitioner who is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the US was convicted in the District of Columbia for violation RS 102 2 USC 192 He failed to appear before the committe of the Un-American Activities of the Houise of Representatives Goverment employees on the jury panel were interrogated individually by petitioners counsel as to the fact that he was a Communist Executive Order 9835 gave standards for the discharge of goverment employees if there is reasonable evidence that they are disloyal to the goverment This would prevent them from finding a fair anf impartial verdict 7 goverment emplyees that gave negative answers to all the questions and testified that they would give a fair and impartial verdict were permitted to serve on the jury George W Crockett Jr argued the cause for petitioner also on his side Earl Dickerson David M Freedman and Harry Sacher Solicitor General Perlman argued the cause for the United States also on his side Assistant Attorney General Campbell Robery S Erdahl and Harold D Cohen For the National Lawyers Guild was Robert J Silberstein He failed to appear before the Commitee on Un-American Activites in compliance with a subpoena duly served upon him The Court of Appeals affirmed 84 US App DC 31171 F2d 986 They where granted certiorari limited to the questions wheather goverment employees could properly server on the jury which tried petitioner He voluntarily appeared before the House Commitee on Un-American Activities which had under consideration two bills to outlaw the Communist Party Petitioner was and is General Secretary of the United States He refused to answer questions as to his name and the date and place of
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