DOCKET NO.: None
DECIDED BY: Marshall Court (1812-1823)
ARGUED: Feb 20, 1821 / Feb 26, 1821
DECIDED: Mar 02, 1821
Facts of the case
Anderson attempted to bribe a member of Congress to receive favorable treatment from the government. The House order its sergeant-at-arms (Dunn) to arrest Anderson and bring him to the House where he was reprimanded by the Speaker for his contempt of Congress. Anderson then brought an action against Dunn for assault and battery and false imprisonment, claiming that the Constitution did not vest in Congress the power to punish for contempt.
Does the Congress have the power to punish nonmembers for contempt?