Frederick G. Diehl, Appellant, v. United States of America, Appellee, 265 F.2d 344 (D.C. Cir. 1959)

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US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - 265 F.2d 344 (D.C. Cir. 1959)

Argued December 16, 1958
Decided January 15, 1959

Mr. William R. Leckemby, Jr., Washington, D. C. (appointed by this Court), with whom Mr. Edgar A. Wren, Washington, D. C., was on the brief, for appellant.

Mr. Charles W. Halleck, Asst. U. S. Atty., with whom Mr. Oliver Gasch, U. S. Atty., and Mr. Carl W. Belcher, Asst. U. S. Atty., were on the brief, for appellee.

Before PRETTYMAN, Chief Judge, and WASHINGTON and BASTIAN, Circuit Judges.


Appellant was indicted, tried and convicted for the crime of house-breaking. The complaining witness was a military attaché of a foreign embassy, and another witness was a domestic servant in his household. Appellant says that they were not competent witnesses, because they were not liable to punishment for perjury under their diplomatic immunity. We think the point is not well taken. These witnesses took the oath, and moreover the diplomatic immunity from punishment for perjury can be waived by superior diplomatic officials.1 



6 Wigmore, Evidence §§ 1831, 1832 (3d ed. 1940); 4 Hackworth, International Law 547 (1942); Respublica v. De Longchamps, 1784, 1 Dall. 111, 1 U.S. 111, 1 L. Ed. 59