The Law: Threatening the President

Despite the federal statute providing tough sanctions for those who threaten the President's person, more and more people seem to do it. From 2,400 reported threats in 1965, the number rose to 12,800 last year; in 1970, it will probably reach 15,000. Now Secret Service agents have another reason to be nervous. A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, divided two to one, has narrowed the grounds for conviction. The majority opinion, written by Judge J. Braxton Craven Jr., held that a threat to the President could lead to a verdict of guilty "only if made with the...

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