Suppression of Anarchy
The Hudson County Bar Association
met at the court house, Jersey City, to consider anarchy, its suppression,
and the adequate suppression of crimes resulting from the propagation
of anarchistic doctrines. Colonel Charles W. Fuller presided.
Two bills, prepared with a view to
giving effect to this object, were read by ex-Judge William T. Hoffman.
The first, drawn by ex-Assistant Prosecutor Joseph M. Noonan, makes
anarchy a capital felony both as to principals and accessories,
as well before as after the fact. It continues: The term anarchy
shall, for the purposes of this act, be taken to include every act
done or word uttered with intent to cause, or to incite others to
cause, the assassination of a president of the United States, or
any person in the line of the presidential succession as fixed by
the Constitution or laws of the United States, the governor of this
state or any person in the line of the gubernatorial succession
as fixed by the constitution or laws of this state; or the chief
executive of any foreign state.
The second bill, presented by P[r]osecutor
James S. Erwin, provides that any persons who enter into a conspiracy
to subvert the national or state government or engage in teaching
anarchy or nihilism, and shall suggest that violence be inflicted
upon any officials of the Federal government, shall be considered
guilty of a high misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be liable
to imprisonment, with hard labor, for thirty years, and shall be
disfranchised. Should any such person make an assault, with intent
to kill, upon any such official, he shall be punished by life imprisonment
at hard labor. In the event of the assault terminating fatally,
the death penalty shall be inflicted. Under neither bill is there
any commutation for good behavior.
The bills were referred to the legislative
committee and will be presented to the legislature at its next session.