Law: More Muscle For Crime Fighters

A new federal code tilts toward the Government

"Historic." "Far reaching" "Long overdue." From Attorney General William French Smith to liberal Senator Edward Kennedy to conservative Senator Strom Thurmond, Washington lawmakers and law enforcers were hauling out the superlatives in praise of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, which was passed just before Congress adjourned. Last week, as federal prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges across the country began implementing the 635-page law, its backers and critics agreed on one thing. As New York Federal Prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani put it, "In each...

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