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Lawyers for the New York 12 prepare their case, 1949, New York

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Title:Lawyers for the New York 12 prepare their case, 1949, New York
Date:1949
Description:

Photograph of lawyers who represented the New York 12, members of the Communist Party of the U.S.A. who were indicted for conspiring to subvert the government. The lawyers, from left to right, are Abraham J. Isserman, George W. Crockett, Richard Gladstein, Harry Sacher and Louis F. McCabe. A federal grand jury, after a sixteen-month investigation of Communist activity in the U.S., indicted 12 party members for organizing a political party dedicated to Marxism-Leninism, promoting Marxism-Leninism in publications, and establishing schools to teach the need to overthrow the government by force or violence. The defendants were indicted under the Smith Act, which made it a crime to knowingly or willfully advocate the overthrow of any government in the U.S. by force or violence. The trial of 11 of the 12 defendants began on Jan. 17, 1949, in the U.S. District Courthouse in Foley Square, New York City, and lasted for nine months. Jurors found the defendants guilty, and Judge Harold Medina sentenced them to terms of three to five years in prison. Medina also sentenced the defendants' lawyers to jail terms of one to six months for contempt of court.

Local identification number: scl-m0329

Local identification number: scl-mss064-0329~1; scl-mss064-0329~2

Types:Photographs | StillImage
Subjects:United States. Laws, statutes, etc. Smith, act, 1940 | Anti-communist movements--United States | Trials (Political crimes and offenses)--United States | Communist Party of the United States of America | Lawyers--New York (State)--New York | New York 12 | United States, New York, New York County, New York, 40.7142691, -74.0059729
Collection:Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection
Institution:University of Southern California Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern California. Library | Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Original Material:

scl-m0000

Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, 1880-1986

University of Southern California. Libraries

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