National Affairs: Five & Ten Trouble

Having finished shadowboxing, the House Judiciary Committee last week was confronted with a tangible, important Prohibition problem. For weeks its members have been struggling with the legislative recommendations of the Wickersham Commission (TIME, Jan. 20). Particularly hard to deal with was the plan to empower U. S. commissioners to try minor Prohibition violations, to relieve congested district courts. To do this it was first necessary to define "minor and casual" offenses and remove them from the severe penalties of the Jones ("Five & Ten") Law....

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