Nation: A Question of Value

Among the recommendations made by the Warren Commission after its investigation of President Kennedy's assassination was that Congress should pass a law making it a federal—as opposed to a state or local—crime to kill, kidnap or assault a President, Vice President, President-elect or Vice President-elect. Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that would do just that, and more. In the case of assassination, the House measure would impose the death penalty.

Debate was scant, since there was virtually unanimous agreement as to the wisdom of having federal jurisdiction over crimes against the President. Minnesota Republican Clark MacGregor reminded the...

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