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In the years that have elapsed since the beginning of the war, political trials have not been an uncommon phenomenon in the world. Until the indictment and trial in New York of the eleven Communist leaders, however, we have not, in the United States, had a clean cut example. The Hiss, Coplon and Bridges litigation had sharp political overtones, to be sure, but they were, after all, genuine criminal trials. The Communist trial, on the other hand, came much nearer being a political trial with criminal overtones.

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