No. 77-5335.

587 F.2d 284 (1978)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Edgar H. GILLOCK, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Decided November 1, 1978.

Rehearing and Rehearing Denied January 17, 1979.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

W. J. Michael Cody, U. S. Atty., Glen Reid, Jr., Asst. U. S. Atty., Memphis, Tenn., for plaintiff-appellant.

James V. Doramus, James F. Neal, Neal & Harwell, Nashville, Tenn., Hal Gerber, Gerber, Bernstein, Gerber & Winestone, James D. Causey, Memphis, Tenn., for defendant-appellee.

Before WEICK, EDWARDS and ENGEL, Circuit Judges.

Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc Denied January 17, 1979.

EDWARDS, Circuit Judge.

The question posed by this case is whether a federally indicted Tennessee State Senator is entitled to the protection of a common law speech or debate privilege as to his legislative acts. The issue requires an examination of a good deal of ancient history.

In 1689, after nearly two centuries of struggle between the English monarchy and the English Parliament, the English...

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