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Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly censuring the U.S. Attorney General (Feb. 13, 1956)


Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly

Feb. 13, 1956

ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF U.S. CENSURED.

No. 14 (House Resolution No. 51).

A Resolution.

To censure the Attorney-General of the United States, Herbert Brownell, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for their flagrant invasion into the affairs of Cobb County and the State of Georgia; and for other purposes.

Whereas, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, acting under the direction of the Attorney-General of the United States, has deemed it proper to investigate the Court and the Solicitor-General of the Cobb Judicial Circuit, as a result of the conviction of one Amos Reece, and

Whereas, said investigation was the first of its kind in the history of the United States of America; and

Whereas, said investigation was a direct and vicious invasion into the power and authority of the State of Georgia, by the government of the United States for purely political reasons; and

Whereas, said investigation was a flagrant violation of the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Georgia, and a serious breach of the rights of the several States of the Union, unprecedented during the existence of this great nation; and

Whereas, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the State of Georgia concurring, do strongly resent this invasion and unwarranted intervention, by the United States Government, into the affairs of this State strictly within the jurisdiction of the individuals States of the Union, as guaranteed by Article X, of the Constitution of the United States, as follows:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Attorney-General of the United States, Herbert Brownell, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation be severely censured and reprimanded for said investigation within the Cobb Judicial Circuit of the State of Georgia.

Be it further resolved that this Resolution shall be spread upon the journal of both the House and Senate, and that a copy of this Resolution be sent to each member of the United States Congressional delegation from the State of Georgia.

Approved February 13, 1956.

Ga. Laws 1956, pp. 126-127.