Law Observance: Shall the People of the United States Uphold the Constitution?

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BOND THE ENFORCEMENT AGENTS
J. P. Thompson United States Commissioner and Deputy Clerk, United States District Court, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Changes in the Law
AS deputy clerk and United States commissioner since March 28, 1927, I have had the opportunity to observe almost every kind of violation of the law. I have given the matter a great deal of thought. I realize that it is a problem that the brightest and best minds of the country are divided on, but it is a law made by the people of this great nation and should be enforced regardless of any one's private opinion.I myself did not help to make this law, but as long as it is a law, as a citizen and an officer of the government I shall endeavor to do my part to make it a success. My record as an officer will back this statement.Make the purchaser of illicit spirituous liquors for his or her use equally as guilty of the violation of the National Prohibition Act as the seller or manufacturer of spirituous liquors.A defendant, upon conviction, should be required to give the name of the person from whom the purchase was made, as well as the time and place of sale, and upon refusal to give the information should be held guilty of contempt of the court.
Enforcement
1. Transfer from the Treasury Department to the Department of Justice the enforcement of the National Prohibition Act.
2. Make the district attorneys of the district courts of the United States for each court district the directors of enforcement for their respective districts.

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