The Supreme Court upheld a conviction for contempt of Congress, ruling that the public’s interest in opposing communist infiltration outweighed a person’s limited First Amendment right to refuse to answer questions.
When Lloyd Barenblatt, a college professor, appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee
Speaking for a 5-4 majority, Justice John M. Harlan II
Assembly and association, freedom of
Congressional power of investigation
Contempt power of Congress
First Amendment balancing
Watkins v. United States