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NCJ Number: 31661 Find in a Library
Title: SUMMARY CONTEMPT MAY PROPERLY BE APPLIED TO THE ORDERLY REFUSAL OF WITNESSES TO TESTIFY AT TRIAL AFTER GRANT OF IMMUNITY - UNITED STATES V WILSON
Journal: AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(FALL 1975)  Pages:271-283
Author(s): R L WYLD
Corporate Author: American Bar Association
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Association
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE DEVELOPMENT OF AND LIMITATIONS TO THE COURTS' POWER TO HOLD WITNESSES SUMMARILY IN CONTEMPT IS TRACED AND THE EFFECTS OF A RECENT DECISION ON THESE LIMITATIONS ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: THIS DECISION (US V. WILSON) REPRESENTS A DEPARTURE FROM THE HISTORICAL TREND TOWARD NARROWING THE SCOPE OF A COURT'S SUMMARY POWER TO PUNISH OR IMPRISON WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. THE GRANT OF IMMUNITY BY A COURT TO A WITNESS IS REGARDED AS THE REMOVAL OF HIS RATIONALE FOR SILENCE. IF HE STILL REFUSES TO SPEAK, HE IS THEN CONSIDERED TO BE IMPEDING THE PROGRESS OF THE COURT AND CAN BE SUMMARILY CITED FOR CONTEMPT.
Index Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Contempt of court; Judicial decisions; Laws and Statutes; Right against self incrimination; US Supreme Court; Witness immunity; Witnesses
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