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REFORM OF THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAWS
S. 1, S. 716, S. 1400 and S. 1401
Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1973
SUBPART A-POLICY QUESTIONS
(S. 1, S. 716, S. 1400 and S. 1401)
Dixon, Hon. Robert G., Jr., Assistant Attorney General, Office
of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, accompanied by
Office of Legal Counsel.--
sociation, Committee on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws of
5 Hoffman, Hon. Walter E., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court,
Easteru District of Virginia.
Second Circuit, New York, N.Y.
of Justice, accompanied by Ronald L. Gainer, "Criminal
American Bar Association, Section of Criminal Law, Informa
tional Report of Committee on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws Capital Punishment, Report of the Secretary-General, United
Nations, Feb. 23, 1973..
Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, Prof.
Louis B. Schwartz, Feb. 26, 1973.--
of the United States, Mar. 14, 1973..
ions of the Individual Justices, Robert G. Dixon, Jr..
Office of Legal Counsel, Dept. of Justice, Aug. 17, 1973, in
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the Administration of the Criminal Law of the Judicial Con
Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules of the Judicial
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Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to recess, at 10:10 a.m., in room 2228, New Senate Office Building, Senator John L. McClellan, presiding.
Present: Senator McClellan (presiding) and Senator Hruska.
Also present: G. Robert Blakey, chief counsel; Paul C. Summitt, deputy chief counsel; Kenneth A. Lazarus, minority counsel ; Dennis C. Thelen, assistant counsel; and Mabel A. Downey, clerk.
Senator McCLELLAN. The committee will come to order.
The Chair wishes to make a brief introductory statement for these hearings.
Today the Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures begins the first of its hearings for the 93d Congress on the subject of the codification, revision, and reform of the Federal criminal laws. With the start of these hearings, I am hopeful that we are entering the final phase of this most worthwhile and necessary project.
On January 4, 1973, I introduced for myself and Senators Ervin and Hruska, S. 1, the Criminal Justice Codification, Revision and Reform Act of 1973. This bill is the product of over 6 years of labor, which began with our appointment to the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws in 1966. Nevertheless, as I stated on the floor of the Senate in January, S. 1 is not intended as the final draft of a new Federal penal code. There are a number of issues still to be decided, some of which will be controversial. But I do feel that we have achieved a good beginning.
On March 27, 1973, Senator Hruska and I also introduced for the Administration S. 1400, the Criminal Code Reform Act of 1973. This bill is the product of 2 years of effort by the Criminal Code Unit created in the Department of Justice by the Attorney General in response to the direction of the President of January 16, 1971 to prepare a thorough evaluation of the report of the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws.
Copies of S. 1, S. 1400 and S. 1401, and their introductory statements and supporting materials will be printed in the record following these opening remarks. The subject of today's hearings will be capital punishment in light
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