Watkins v. United States (1957)

Definition - What does Watkins v. United States (1957) mean?

Watkins v. United States is a decision by the Supreme Court, which found that there are limits that the government is not allowed to breach when conducting investigations. It set out the rules for how much a person's friends and family can be reviewed within the investigation.

Justipedia explains Watkins v. United States (1957)

The decision determined that Congress did not have unlimited powers of investigation and was therefore bound by limitations such as not being able to ask about a person's friends or relatives, who are unrelated to the investigation at hand.

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