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Thursday, July 09, 2015
This day in 1951: Hammett defies U.S. District Court.
Dashiell Hammett Yank, 30 Nov 1945
Excerpt, Brooklyn Daily Eagle acct,
10 Jul 1951, p. 1
Today in 1951, Dashiell Hammett, chair of the Civil Rights Congress' bail committee, refused in New York's US district court to provide the names of those who had posted $80,000 bail for four communists; the latter subsequently failed to appear in court. Convicted of contempt of court, Hammett went to prison in Kentucky and was released in December 1951.