Frank Lee United States Attorney, Muskogee, Oklahoma
NO law can be effective if not enforced. This plan, therefore, contemplates such firm and rigorous enforcement as to secure not only respect but absolute obedience without radical change in our judicial system.
It also contemplates no discrepancy as to punishment because of wealth, poverty, station or influence. Rich violators and poor violators to receive the same treatment whether in fines, behind the bars or on the same rock pile.
The three co-ordinate branches of government--legislative, executive and judicial--must be employed in the plan here submitted.
Our National Prohibition Act as it stands is the first gesture of Congress in giving effect to the Amendment. It has accomplished much good. In some respects it is inadequate to meet emergencies or to dispense impartial justice. A fine only is imposed for possession of intoxicants whether the quantity be a half-pint or a car load. The rich pay, the poor go to jail. Such discrepancy in punishment has created wide-spread criticism.
That penalties may be apportioned with exact justice and the Act strengthened it should be modified and amended to effect the following results:
Warrants to be allowed and authorized for the purpose of searching all buildings in which the law is being violated.
Punishment for violating any provision of the Act should be by fine or by imprisonment for not less than 60 days nor more than one year, or by both such fine and imprison-