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404 U.S. 496

James E. GROPPI, Petitioner,  v.  Jack LESLIE, Sheriff of Dane County.

 Argued: Nov. 10, 1971. --- Decided: Jan 13, 1972


Wisconsin legislative resolution citing petitioner for contempt for conduct on the floor of the State Assembly that occurred two days previous to the contempt resolution and sentencing him to confinement held violative of due process, since petitioner, who was readily available, was given no notice before the resolution was adopted or afforded any opportunity to respond by way of defense or extenuation. Pp. 499-507.

436 F.2d 326 and 331, reversed.

William M. Coffey, Milwaukee, Wis., for petitioner.

Sverre O. Tinglum, Asst. Atty. Gen., Madison, Wis., for respondent.

Mr. Chief Justice BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court.


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