The Resource Transcript of a hearing of the Joint Committee on Offenses against the Administration of Justice, Floyd, Virginia

Transcript of a hearing of the Joint Committee on Offenses against the Administration of Justice, Floyd, Virginia

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Transcript of a hearing of the Joint Committee on Offenses against the Administration of Justice, Floyd, Virginia, 1959
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Transcript of a hearing of the Joint Committee on Offenses against the Administration of Justice, Floyd, Virginia
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1959
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eng
Summary
Contains the full transcript of the testimony and all the incidents of the hearing of the Committee on Offenses Against the Administration of Justice held at Floyd, Virginia on July 27, 1959. The hearing was held to determine whether the application of black students to white schools in Floyd County, Virginia, involved any "unauthorized practice of law or the commission of other crimes by the NAACP of any of its affiliates, or unprofessional conduct on the part of the lawyers associated therewith."
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Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia General Assembly. (Search author as Virginia General Assembly).
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  • The General Assembly Joint Committee on Offenses Against the Administration of Justice was formed by an Act of Assembly in 1956. The Committee was charged with investigating how laws relating to the administration of justice were being enforced. It directed its attention to laws relating to champerty, maintenance, barratry, running and capping and other offenses related to the promotion or support of litigation by persons who are not parties thereto. The Committee was given the power to administer oaths and examine witnesses in this regard. Three members of the Committee were appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates from the membership of the House Committee for Courts of Justice, and two were chosen by the President of the Senate from the membership of the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice. The Committee was also known as the Boatwright Committee, after its chairman, House of Delegates member, John B. Boatwright.
  • Immediately after the Committee's creation, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) instituted proceedings in the Federal District Court in Richmond to keep the Committee from investigating its activities, in regard to the improper solicitation of legal or professional business. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court [NAACP v. Button, 371 U.S. 415 (1963)]. In January 1963 the "running and capping" statute of the Code of Virginia was found to be unconstitutional because the activities of the NAACP amounted to "modes of expression and association protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments which Virginia may not prohibit." The litigation initiated by the NAACP was to be considered "a form of political expression" and not "a technique of resolving private differences." The Committee on Offenses against the Administration of Justice was disbanded when the Act under which it was created was repealed by an Act of Assembly in 1973.
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VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
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Transcript of a hearing of the Joint Committee on Offenses against the Administration of Justice, Floyd, Virginia
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Part of Record Group 78 (General Assembly)
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.175
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Baxa, Jay W. - Division of Legislative Services Library,
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001591121
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cu. ft. (206 p.)

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