Congressman Gale H. Stalker Elmira, New York
MAKE it a felony to violate the National Prohibition Act's provisions against the illegal sale, transportation, importation or exportation of intoxicating liquor, by providing for a maximum penalty of $10,000 fine or imprisonment not to exceed five years or both.
Deport alien violators or cancel their citizenship papers or both.
Provide mandatory jail sentences for all commercial violators of the National Prohibition Act.
Bills carrying these penalties introduced by me have had the approval of the Department of Justice, the Treasury Department and many dry organizations.
Testifying before the House Committee on the Judiciary, March 2, 1928, Mrs. Mabel Walker Willebrandt, Assistant United States Attorney-General, as a representative of the Department of Justice, urged the passage of this bill. She said that in large cities judges had complained that the present maximum penalties are too low and insisted that if they had the discretion to impose heavier sentences against big offenders they could stop the sale of intoxicating liquor to a far greater extent than they do now.
At this hearing Mrs. Willebrandt further said: "The trouble at the present time is with the big sellers and the big importers and not with the small bootleggers. Under the present law the maximum penalty for the first offense is too small and in practice there is no 'second offense' because the defendant does the shifting necessary to make all offenses the first."