High court stands aside in Alger Hiss conviction
The Supreme Court refused to get embroiled in the case of Alger Hiss, who was convicted of perjury and accused of being a Communist spy during the ''Red scare'' era that followed World War II. The justices, without comment, let stand a ruling denying him a reexamination of certain evidence used against him. Mr. Hiss claims the government denied him a fair trial by withholding evidence about the typewriter he allegedly used to copy State Department documents. In other action Tuesday, the Supreme Court:
* Let stand the conviction of former Rep. Richard Kelly (R) of Florida, who claims he was illegally lured to accept a $25,000 payoff in the FBI's Abscam ''sting'' operation.
* Refused to stand in the way of a new trial in the $1.8 billion dispute over charges that AT&T illegally tried to shut MCI Communications Corporation out of the long-distance telephone market.