The Presidency: A Bill for an Assassin

When President Kennedy was assassinated, it came as a considerable surprise to most Americans that killing a U.S. President is not a federal crime. It was because of this that Lee Harvey Oswald was handed into the clumsy clutches of the Dallas police force, which had legal jurisdiction, with disastrous results. The Warren Commission was appalled by the legal situation, wrote in its report: "It is anomalous that Congress has legislated in other ways touching upon the safety of the Chief Executive or other Federal officers without making an attack on the President a crime."

Last week President Johnson set...

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