The Minneapolis "Sedition" Trial

Eastman, Daniel
October 1941
New Republic;10/20/41, Vol. 105 Issue 16, p503
Focuses on the trial of twenty-eight defendants in the first peacetime federal prosecution for seditious opinion in the United States District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Report that two circumstances in connection with this case have aroused attention, first, overt act of sedition charged against defendants and second, the government's undertaking of the case as a political favor to Daniel Tobin, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Report that the American Civil Liberties Union recently wrote to United States Attorney General Francis Biddle asking that the indictment be reconsidered with a view to dismissal; Views of Biddle on the case; Threat of violent attacks upon the headquarters of the Teamsters' Local 544 by Roy Zachary, a national organizer of the Silver Shirt fascists; Report that the feeble nature of this alleged revolutionary militia seems to lend weight to the suspicion that the prose caution was undertaken by the government as a political favor; View that the outcome of the trial will be awaited with deep interest by all who are concerned with the workings of justice.


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