Some Clerical Contributions to Ex Parte Quirin

Green Bag 2d, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 283-325 (2016)

George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 16-28

44 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2016 Last revised: 15 Jun 2016

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Date Written: June 13, 2016

Abstract

This article introduces some documents relating to Ex parte Quirin and then explains where they have been for the last 70-plus years. Quirin is the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court – in a hurried summer session in July 1942 – upheld President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s creation of an unusual military commission to try eight Nazi saboteurs under a special set of rules. The documents are memos written to Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone by his senior law clerk, Bennett Boskey, while the Court was hearing and deciding and opining on Quirin.

Keywords: Biddle, Circuit Justice, Douglas, FBI, Felix Frankfurter, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Robert Jackson, Thurgood Marshall, Vietnam, World War

JEL Classification: K14, K19, K33, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., Some Clerical Contributions to Ex Parte Quirin (June 13, 2016). Green Bag 2d, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 283-325 (2016); George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 16-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2794763

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