Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Sep 27 1973, Page 12

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - September 27, 1973, Florence, South Carolina12-a thursday september Florence morning news Lams ladies Holbrooks jewellers can vice president be indicted Washington Al l Trio investigation of alleged wrong doing by Spiro t. Agnew before he became vice presi Dent raises constitutional questions to which american history provides no answers. In i letter to House speaker Carl Albert. Day that the House investigate allegations that he has received financial kickbacks from Mary land contractors. The vice pres ident said his lawyers had advised him that the Constitution burs i criminal proceeding of any kind. Against a president or vice president while he holds authorities on constitutional Law disagree Over whether that advice is Correct. There is no constitutional requirement that impeachment must precede said prof. Raoul Berger of Harvard Law school the author of a Book on impeachment. Berger Points to the Para graph in article i of the Constitution which says judgment in eases of impeachment shall not extend fur ther than to removal from of fice and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office or Trust or profit under the United states but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment trial judgment and punishment according to Berger said his interpretation of that wording is that an officeholder would be subject to both indictment and impeach ment with no requirement that impeachment come first. In addition he said if he allegations against Agnew involve activities before he be came vice president it is doubt jul they would be impeachable offences. Prof. Alexander Bickel of Yale Law school said it s not question the text of the con dilution resolves or for which history gives us any sure guide Ines. My own conclusion is that id s Agnew right he s not in Lickel said there is a possibility he s not impeachable i if the allegations concern Only activities before he be came vice president. However the Yale professor said he is inclined to reject that View because impeachment is a political act. It s a question of fitness for most impeachments never reach the stage of trial by the Senate said Bickel. Because the accused official usually resigns before then. Referring to the same Para graph cited by Berger Bickel said he believes the language which says impeach ment docs not preclude Crimi Nal prosecution is assuming i hat impeachment would come but he agreed with merger that the principal purpose of that paragraph was to insure hat an officeholder could be subject to both impeachment and prosecution. Prof. Charles l. Black of Yale Law school said i Don t have a firm View. What i be read in the Constitution is he said it was obvious the Frame s of the Constitution were thinking primarily of of lenses committed while in of fice but i would t say it is impossible that it might apply to All on he question of what would constitute an impeachable offence Black said the Lack of precedents in american history would make it necessary to review the history of impeachment in British another Law professor who asked that his name not be used said he was inclined to agree that a vice president would have to be impeached before he could be indicted. You do have a pretty Strong argument that if the courts can indict and convict a president it would be a very serious inter Ference with his he said. Correction the circular inserted in today Florence morning news today was in part in Correct. The incorrect portion should have read basketball and goal set cute Crofts of Mso fable drug prices reduced front Stock Oric. 49.95 to 69.95 pure Wool worsted year round polyester worsted look for the red tags not every size in every style extra saving our Low prices include Complete alterations night til use our convenient credit plan 142n.dargan 662-1506 our Best inexpensive mattress Sealy rest deluxe Wrea. Pc. Twin size double size a. Pc. Firm support with smooth sleeping surface cushioned with sealyfoanv1 heavy duty Long wearing Stripe ticking Sealy rest classic a. Pc. Twin size double size a. Pc. Deep quilted decorator cover and Seal foam Comfort Queen size is 59. Mattress and oxspring King size mattress and oxspring Sealy rest luxury a. Pc. Twin size double size a. Pc. Extra firm support with loom quilted Salin cover Queen size mattress Antl oxspring King size s269. Mattress and Box Springs luxurious sleeping Comfort the Caribbean h i and i of oxspring twin or full size Beautiful Floral cover super poly foam foundation Queen size mattress and oxspring King size mattress and Box Springs 1888 the South s largest Quality Home furnishes convenient Lay a Way 901 second Loop rd., Florence see the famous Sealy posture edic at Sterchi a

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