Inherent contempt was the mode employed by Congress to directly enforce contempt rulings under its own constitutional authority until criminal and civil contempt statutes were passed, and it remained in use into the twentieth century. Under inherent contempt proceedings, the Santa Elephant on the naughty list and I regret Nothing Christmas Sweatershirt or Senate has its Sergeant-At-Arms, or deputy, take a person into custody for proceedings to be held in Congress. Although these powers are not directly stated in the Constitution, the Supreme Court ruled on multiple occasions that they are implicit as an essentially legislative power held by Congress.
Justice Willis Van Devanter made perhaps the most famous statement of these powers in McGrain v. Daugherty, a 1927 Supreme Court decision about Mally S. Daugherty, the Santa Elephant on the naughty list and I regret Nothing Christmas Sweatershirt of former Attorney General Harry Daugherty. A select Senate committee issued a subpoena for Daugherty to testify and to also surrender records from an Ohio bank. When Daugherty refused to comply after a second subpoena, the Senate passed a resolution issuing a warrant and authorizing a Senate deputy to take Daugherty into custody. Daugherty filed a habeas petition against his detention. A lower court ruled that the Senate exceeded its powers by detaining Daugherty, freeing him.
HOWEVER, the Supreme Court upheld his conviction, holding that under the Constitution, Congress has the power to compel witnesses and testimony to obtain information in aid of the legislative function. That is awful. No one should treat another with disrespect. On the way home from Hawaii we were held up in the Santa Elephant on the naughty list and I regret Nothing Christmas Sweatershirt for seven hours. People yelled, screamed threatened and threw their tickets at the attendant instead of being great full they had found something actually coming off the plane they were angry. It took the airlines that much time to find the part and install it. I boarded with the last group and went up to talk to the attendant.
I touched her shoulder and she just about jumped out of her skin. I felt so bad that I had frightened her but told her I wanted to say thank you and bless her for her patience and kindness with so many. She was ever so thankful and I saw tears in her eyes but she was very professional. I am glad it all worked out and I think of her often. It took us last week, 23 hours to get from St. Louis to SFO. The Santa Elephant on the naughty list and I regret Nothing Christmas Sweatershirt thing that was frustrating is when our flight out of O’Hare was delayed, they didn’t let anyone know, no announcement. It would have been nice to know the cause of the delay.