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[CHAPTER 1-3D SESSION]

[H. R. 6832]

AN ACT

To provide for the protection of witnesses appearing before any department, independent establishment, or other agency of the United States, or the Congress of the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Criminal Code of the United States be amended by inserting therein a new section immediately following section 135 (U. S. C., title 18, sec. 241) to be known as section 135 (a) (U. S. C., title 18, sec. 241 (a)) and reading as follows:

"SEC. 135. (a) That whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, shall endeavor to influence, intimidate, or impede any witness in any proceeding pending before any department, independent establishment, board, commission, or other agency of the United States, or in connection with any inquiry or investigation being had by either House, or any committee of either House, or any joint committee of the Congress of the United States, or who corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication shall influence, obstruct, or impede, or endeavor to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which such proceeding is being had before such department, independent establishment, board, commission, or other agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which such inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress of the United States shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both."

Approved, January 13, 1940.

[CHAPTER 73-3D SESSION]

[S. 2739]

AN ACT

To amend section 45 of the United States Criminal Code to make it applicable to the outlying possessions of the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 45 of the Act entitled "An Act to codify, revise, and amend the penal laws of the United States", approved March 4, 1909 (35 Stat. 1097), be, and the same is hereby, amended by inserting after the word "Whoever" and before the word "shall", in the first line of said section, a comma, followed by the phrase: "within the territory or jurisdiction of the United States, including the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, and the Philippine Islands,".

Approved, March 28, 1940.

(164)

[CHAPTER 101-3D SESSION]

[H. R. 8702]

AN ACT

To amend the Judicial Code with respect to the continuation of grand juries to finish investigations.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the fifth sentence of section 284 of the Judicial Code as amended (U. S. C., title 28, sec. 421), be, and it is hereby, amended to read as follows: "A district judge may, upon request of the district attorney or of the grand jury or on his own motion, by order authorize any grand jury to continue to sit during the term succeeding the term at which such request is made, solely to finish investigations begun but not finished by such grand jury, but no grand jury shall be permitted to sit in all during more than eighteen months: Provided, That, for good cause shown, the court may, at any time after the end of the term for which the grand jury was originally summoned, excuse any member of the grand jury and summon and impanel another person in his place." Approved, April 17, 1940.

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[CHAPTER 117-3D SESSION]

[H. R. 8822]

AN ACT

To extend original jurisdiction to district courts in civil suits between citizens of the District of Columbia, the Territories of Hawaii or Alaska, and any State or Territory.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That clause (b) of paragraph (1), section 24, of the Judicial Code, as amended (U. S. C., 1934 edition, title 28, sec. 41; Supp. IV, title 28, sec. 41), be, and the same is hereby, amended to read as follows:

"(b) Is between citizens of different States, or citizens of the District of Columbia, the Territory of Hawaii, or Alaska, and any State or Territory."

Approved, April 20, 1940.

(166)

[CHAPTER 176—3D SESSION]

[H. R. 9047]

AN ACT

To provide for the transfer of United States prisoners in certain cases.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That whenever any person confined in any penal or correctional institution pursuant to a judgment of conviction of an offense against the United States has been indicted or convicted of a felony in a court of record of any State, other than the State in which such person is confined, the Attorney General shall, if he finds it in the public interest to do so, upon the request of the Governor or the executive authority of such State, and upon the presentation of a certified copy of such indictment or judgment of conviction, cause such person to be transferred prior to his release to a penal or correctional institution situated within such State that is authorized to receive United States prisoners. In the event more than one such request is presented in respect to any prisoner, the Attorney General shall determine in his discretion which request should receive preference. The expense of personnel and transportation incurred in carrying out the provisions of this Act shall be chargeable to the appropriation for the "support of United States prisoners".

SEC. 2. The term "indictment" as used in this Act shall include "information" and the term "indicted" shall include "informed against." The term "State" shall include the District of Columbia, but not Territories.

SEC. 3. Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to limit the authority of the Attorney General to transfer any prisoners pursuant to any other provision of law.

Approved, April 30, 1940.

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