No. 110.

350 U.S. 399 (1956)

76 S.Ct. 456

100 L.Ed. 474


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 12, 1956.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Charles E. Ford argued the cause and filed a brief for petitioner.

Gray Thoron argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Sobeloff, Assistant Attorney General Olney, Beatrice Rosenberg and Richard J. Blanchard.

MR. JUSTICE BLACK delivered the opinion of the Court.

18 U. S. C. § 401 (2) empowers a court of the United States to punish as contempt "Misbehavior of any of its officers in their official transactions . . . ."1 Petitioner, a lawyer, sent a questionnaire to a District of Columbia grand jury. For this, the District Court found petitioner guilty of contempt and fined him $100.

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