Disciplinary hearing and related materials: hearings before the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, House of Representatives in the matter of Representative Austin J. Murphy, One Hundredth Congress, first session, transcript of testimony, evidence considered, and materials related to the disciplinary hearing held in Washington, DC on November 17, 18, 19, 20; December 2, 3, 1987


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Sida 1154 - The process of disciplining a Member in the Congress is not without countervailing risks of abuse since it is not surrounded with the panoply of protective shields that are present in a criminal case.
Sida 996 - I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Sida 1216 - our decisions prescribe that two critical elements must be present for a criminal or penal law to be Ex Post Facto: it must be retrospective, that is, it must apply to events occurring before its enactment, and it must disadvantage the offender affected by it.
Sida 1291 - Under the current statutory provision now codified at 18 USC § 603, however, congressional employees are only prohibited from making political contributions to their "boss", that is, their employer or employing authority. As explained in the House Report on the Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1979. PL 96-187, to accompany HR 5010, 96th Congress, political contributions would be barred from a Member's staff to that Member, and from committee staff to the chairman of that committee. Persons...
Sida 291 - ... not inconsistent with the Rules of the House or with those provisions of law having the force and effect of Rules of the House ; and (3) shall in any event incorporate all of the succeeding provisions of this clause to the extent applicable.
Sida 326 - THE MEMBERS. 1. Every member shall be present within the hall of the House during its sittings, unless excused or necessarily prevented; and shall vote on each question put, unless he has a direct personal or pecuniary interest in the event of such question.
Sida 1154 - Member is judged by no specifically articulated standards, and is at the mercy of an almost unbridled discretion of the charging body that functions at once as accuser, prosecutor, judge, and jury from whose decision there is no established right of review. In short, a Member would be compelled to defend in what would be comparable to a criminal prosecution without the safeguards provided by the Constitution. Moreover, it would be somewhat naive to assume that the triers would be wholly objective...
Sida 1154 - House who have refused, in writing, to transmit such complaint to the committee. (C) No investigation shall be undertaken by the committee of any alleged violation of a law, rule, regulation, or standard of conduct not in effect at the time of the alleged violation...
Sida 1157 - I can be of any further assistance to you or the Committee, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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