UNITED STATES v. BASS

No. 70-71.

404 U.S. 336 (1971)

UNITED STATES v. BASS.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 20, 1971


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Roger A. Pauley argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Griswold, Assistant Attorney General Wilson, Samuel Huntington, and Beatrice Rosenberg.

William E. Hellerstein, by appointment of the Court, 402 U.S. 927, argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Phylis Skloot Bamberger.


MR. JUSTICE MARSHALL delivered the opinion of the Court.

Respondent was convicted in the Southern District of New York of possessing firearms in violation of Title VII of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, 18 U. S. C. App. § 1202 (a). In pertinent part, that statute reads:

"Any person who— "(1) has been convicted by a court of the United States or of a State or any political subdivision thereof of a felony . . ....

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