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John McTernan holds Circuit Court opinion allowing his clients to be released on bail, Nov. 4, 1948, Hall of Justice, Los Angeles

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Title:John McTernan holds Circuit Court opinion allowing his clients to be released on bail, Nov. 4, 1948, Hall of Justice, Los Angeles
Date:1948 Nov. 4
Description:

Photograph of attorney John McTernan, second from right, holding an opinion from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which ordered the release of 10 prisoners who were jailed for refusing to answer questions posed by a federal grand jury. Three of the defendants are pictured with McTernan: Ben Dobbs, left, Harry Daniels, second from left, and Phil Bock, right. The 10 prisioners 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-m0352

Local identification number: scl-mss064-0352~1; scl-mss064-0352~2

Types:Photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Daniels, Harry | McTernan, John T. | Bock, Phil | 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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