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Alger Hiss (center) and his wife Priscilla walk down the steps of the United States Courthouse in Foley Square with defense attorney Lloyd Paul Stryker, NYLS Class of 1906, during Hiss’s 1950 trial. Hiss, a former U.S. State Department official, had been accused of being a Soviet spy during congressional hearings conducted by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1948. He was subsequently charged with perjury based on testimony he provided to a grand jury. Stryker represented Hiss at a first trial, which resulted in a hung jury. Judge Henry Warren Goddard, NYLS Class of 1901, presided over the retrial, where Hiss, who had retained new counsel, was convicted.


Stryker, Goddard, Alger Hiss, Purjery