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Zoom Today in history: December 24, 1962 - Former North Carolina Communist Party leader Junius Scales leaves prison on Christmas Eve, 1962. At the height of McCarthyism in the 1950s he had been convicted and jailed under the Smith Act along with many other Communist Party leaders. Scales was the last Communist Party member convicted under the Smith Act, and was also the last to be released from prison. Scales v. United States is the only Supreme Court decision to uphold a conviction based solely on membership in a political party. (photo: Junius Scales taken into custody by the FBI in 1954)
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Today in history: December 24, 1962 - Former North Carolina Communist Party leader Junius Scales leaves prison on Christmas Eve, 1962. At the height of McCarthyism in the 1950s he had been convicted and jailed under the Smith Act along with many other Communist Party leaders. Scales was the last Communist Party member convicted under the Smith Act, and was also the last to be released from prison. Scales v. United States is the only Supreme Court decision to uphold a conviction based solely on membership in a political party. (photo: Junius Scales taken into custody by the FBI in 1954)

Via Freedom Road  Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

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