Deutch v. United States

PETITIONER: Deutch
RESPONDENT: United States
LOCATION: Knetsch Residence

DOCKET NO.: 233
DECIDED BY: Warren Court (1958-1962)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

CITATION: 367 US 456 (1961)
ARGUED: Mar 22, 1961 / Mar 23, 1961
DECIDED: Jun 12, 1961

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - March 22, 1961 in Deutch v. United States

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - March 23, 1961 in Deutch v. United States

Earl Warren:

Deutch, Petitioner, versus United States.

Mr. Maroney, you may continue your argument.

Kevin T. Maroney:

Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the Court.

Earl Warren:

Oh, pardon.

Oh, pardon me, I -- I did call you.

Kevin T. Maroney:

May it please the Court.

I will first address myself to the problem that was being discussed yesterday afternoon, and I'll try to state our legal position on that issue and then if I can state the facts in this particular case, I think it will demonstrate that the problem is minimized when applied to the facts here.

Now --

William O. Douglas:

As you -- as you were ending your -- your argument yesterday, you were referring to page 293, where Mr. Tavenner for the Committee, refers to hearings at -- at Albany.

Kevin T. Maroney:

Yes, sir.

William O. Douglas:

But I think it is significant or it maybe significant that -- the -- the subject matter of those hearings was -- is not to be found in -- in the transcript of this hearing.

Kevin T. Maroney:

Well --

William O. Douglas:

We don't even know from this hearing whether it was about this - this matter or some other matter or some related matter.

Kevin T. Maroney:

Well, Your Honor, I -- I do think it would be most helpful --

William O. Douglas:

And then the --

Kevin T. Maroney:

-- if I --

William O. Douglas:

-- may I just continue, just a minute --Yes, sir.

-- to indicate that the -- the reach of my question, because if you turn to page 33, you -- you come to Judge Holtzoff's opinion in which he says a little below the middle of the page, what those Albany hearings were about.

And it was about trade unionism and Communist-controlled trade unions.

Kevin T. Maroney:

And --

William O. Douglas:

None of which -- none of which appears from the reference to the Albany hearings on page 293.

Now, maybe that's irrelevant, but at least those are the problems that were in my mind --

Kevin T. Maroney:

Well --

William O. Douglas:

-- that you were closing yesterday.

Kevin T. Maroney:

Well, I think we can show, Your Honor, from -- from the record here that the Albany hearings were concerned with Communism in education and Communism in labor.

William O. Douglas:

As I've -- I've read those and that's -- there's -- there's no doubt about that.

Kevin T. Maroney:

That's right, sir.

And in the course of those hearings, it developed that there was -- there may have been an interrelationship between Communism at Cornell.

Communist infiltration at Cornell and Communism in labor and the Committee was pursuing the leads that it had to that effect.

Those leads lead directly to Mr. Deutch.