Hiss's mentor at Harvard Law School, Frankfurter
would go on to be an honored member of the U.S.
Supreme Court. Upon Hiss's graduation from Harvard,
Frankfurter selected him to become secretary
to Oliver Wendell Holmes. In 1933, he encouraged
Hiss to join the New Deal.
would appear as a character witness for Hiss,
but when the guilty verdict was appealed to
the Supreme Court, Frankfurter and Justice Stanley
Reed (who also testified for Hiss) had to disqualify
themselves. As a result, Hiss's appeal was turned
down (it came up two votes shy). Justice William
O. Douglas later wrote, that if the case had
been reviewed, "...in my view no Court at any
time could possibly have sustained the conviction."