Shaughnessy v. United States Ex Rel. Mezei 345 U.S. 206 (1953)

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SHAUGHNESSY v. UNITED STATES EX REL. MEZEI 345 U.S. 206 (1953)

Over the dissent of four Justices, the vinson court upheld the authority of the attorney general to exclude and detain indefinitely an alien without a hearing at Ellis Island solely on the basis of confidential information, "the disclosure of which would be prejudicial to the public interest." Justice robert h. jackson, dissenting, wrote that he could not imagine how a hearing "would menace the security of this country."

Michael E. Parrish
(1986)