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United States v. Baxter.

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT


February 17, 1944

UNITED STATES
v.
BAXTER.

Appeal from the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division; John P. Barnes, Judge.

Author: Evans

Before EVANS and MAJOR, Circuit Judges, and LINDLEY, District Judge.

EVANS, Circuit Judge.

Defendant Baxter was charged with, and convicted of, a violation of the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, 50 U.S.C.A. Appendix, ยง 301 et seq. He failed to report for induction into the military service when ordered so to do by the local draft board. He admits his refusal so to report but defends his action on the ground that he is a "minister of Jehovah's Witnesses" and as such was not subject to the order which the board made and which was based on its finding that he was not a duly ordained minister of the gospel.

On the trial of the criminal case he sought to retry the fact issue decided against him by the board, and the court refused to permit such a retrial. His appeal is based on the alleged error of the court in so ruling.

The numerous decisions of this and other courts to the contrary*fn* were sustained by the Supreme Court in the case decided January 3, 1944, entitled Falbo v. United States, 64 S. Ct. 346. Further discussion is unnecessary.

The judgment is affirmed.


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