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BERG ET AL.

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES


decided: November 2, 1972.

IN RE BERG ET AL.

ON APPLICATION FOR STAY AND BAIL PENDING APPEAL.

Author: Douglas

[ 409 U.S. Page 1238]

MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS, Circuit Justice.

The Court of Appeals granted a stay in this case until 5:30 p. m. (P. s. t.) today. While the application was filed here October 28, 1972, I did not desire to act until the Solicitor General had time to respond. His response came in yesterday afternoon.

 My conclusion is that the case is analogous to the Ellsberg case (Russo v. Byrne, No. 72-307, O. T. 1972) now before the Court; but is more particularly related to Black v. United States, 385 U.S. 26, and O'Brien v. United States, 386 U.S. 345.

The issue of electronic surveillance in the present case raises questions under the Sixth as well as the Fourth Amendment. Central is the question whether the unawareness of the prosecution is sufficient to bring to an end the judicial inquiry or whether some diligent search of the prosecution is necessary.*fn* In Black a new

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     trial was ordered even though the prosecutor did not know he had in his possession attorney-client conversations and even though none of them was used.

I have concluded to grant a stay, good until the matter can be presented to the full Court and until the Court acts on it.


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