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Los Angeles County sheriff opens a cell to release Ben Dobbs, Nov. 4, 1948, Hall of Justice, Los Angeles

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Title:Los Angeles County sheriff opens a cell to release Ben Dobbs, Nov. 4, 1948, Hall of Justice, Los Angeles
Date:1948 Nov. 4
Description:

Photograph of a Los Angeles County sheriff opening a cell to release Ben Dobbs from jail. Dobbs and nine other people received subpoenas at around 7 a.m. on Oct. 25, 1948, ordering them to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the Communist Party of Los Angeles. The 10 refused to answer any questions, citing their privilege against self-incrimination. Later that evening, a judge found the 10 people in contempt and sentenced them to jail for an unlimited term without bail. The 10 were released after more than a week in jail, but were ordered to answer another round of questions. Another 11 people were called before the grand jury and subjected to the same treatment. The Civil Rights Congress and other defenders of civil liberties organized protest rallies and waged a legal battle to release the Los Angeles 21 on bail.

Local identification number: scl-m0350

Local identification number: scl-mss064-0350~1; scl-mss064-0350~2

Types:Photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Dobbs, Ben | Communist Party of Los Angeles | Anti-communist movements--United States | Los Angeles 21 | United States, California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, 34.0522342, -118.2436849
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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