No. 78-1455.

445 U.S. 360 (1980)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 19, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Solicitor General McCree argued the cause for the United States. With him on the briefs were Assistant Attorney General Heymann, Deputy Solicitor General Frey, Jerome M. Feit, and Louis M. Fischer.

James V. Doramus argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were James F. Neal, James F. Sanders, and Hal Gerber.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court.

We granted certiorari to resolve a conflict in the Circuits over whether the federal courts in a federal criminal prosecution should recognize a legislative privilege barring the introduction of evidence of the legislative acts of a state legislator charged with taking bribes or otherwise obtaining money unlawfully through exploitation of his official position....

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