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Photo of the five defense attorneys of the Smith Act trials of Communist Party leaders; after they were convicted of Contempt of Court. Left to right: Abraham Isserman, George Crockett, Richard Gladstein, Harry Sacher, and Louis F. McCabe
Book: In calmer times: the Supreme Court and Red Monday page 42
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This illustrates an important aspect of McCarthyism and the historically significant 1949 Smith Act trials of Communist Party leaders of Communist party leaders: the government threatened, and in some cases persecuted, defense attorneys representing Communists. The impact of this policy is conveyed, in a way that prose alone could not, by this photograph of the five Foley Square trial defense attorneys shortly after they were convicted.
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The trial was a major event in US legal history, resulting in over 5 Supreme Court appeals. It also set the precedent that a judge can send attorneys to jail without a trial.
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