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Jewish Organizations Ask to Be Allowed to Aid Newspaper Sued for Libel by Congressman

The Supreme Court today deferred action on the request of Louis Ottenberg, representing several Jewish organizations, that they be permitted to intervene in the appeal of the Schnectady Union-Star from a Circuit Court decision ordering to trial a libel suit against the paper by Rep. Martin Sweeny of Ohio.

The suit is one of many filed by the Congressman against papers carrying a syndicated column which charged that Sweeny had opposed the appointment of an Ohio official because he was “a foreign-born Jew.” Ottenberg told the court that his clients, the American Jewish Committee, the B’nai B’rith and the Jewish Peoples Committee, sought permission to intervene because Sweeny’s suit brought up a question of freedom of press and freedom of speech affecting the country at large.