McGrain v. Daugherty

PETITIONER: McGrain
RESPONDENT: Daugherty
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 28
DECIDED BY: Taft Court (1925-1930)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Dec 05, 1924
DECIDED: Jan 17, 1927

Facts of the case

This case was a challenge to Daugherty's contempt conviction. He failed to appear before a Senate committee investigating the failure of Daugherty's brother (Harry Daugherty, the former Attorney General)to prosecute wrongdoers in the Teapot Dome scandal.

Question

Was the Senate committee out-of-bounds in issuing its contempt order since the purpose of the investigation had nothing to do with the committee's legislative purpose?