DREIER V. UNITED STATES, 221 U. S. 394 (1911)

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Dreier v. United States, 221 U.S. 394 (1911)

Dreier v. United States

No. 358, 359

Argued March 2, 3, 1911

Decided May 15, 1911

221 U.S. 394


Wilson v. United States, ante, p. 221 U. S. 361, followed to effect that an officer of a corporation cannot refuse to produce books and papers of the corporation in response to a subpoena duces tecum on the ground that the contents thereof would tend to incriminate him personally.

Quaere whether, if a privilege to refuse to produce documents of a corporation

Page 221 U. S. 395

in response to a subpoena duces tecum does exist, the person entitled to claim it may not waive it by his conduct.

The facts, which involve the validity of a subpoena duces tecum issued to the custodian of the books of a corporation, and the right of such custodian to refuse to produce the documents required by such subpoena on the ground that they would incriminate him, are stated in the opinion.

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