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US Department of Justice (USDOJ) Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“In our system of government, it is the legislature elected by the American people which determines the proper punishment for federal crimes, not lone members of the judiciary. Congress passed the Federal Death Penalty Act to save lives, and the Supreme Court of the United States has repeatedly said the death penalty does not violate the Constitution.”

“Statement of Barbara Comstock, Director of Public Affairs, Regarding Judge Sessions’ Opinion on the Federal Death Penalty,” USDOJ press release, Sep. 24, 2002


“Officially coming into existence on July 1, 1870, the Department of Justice, pursuant to the 1870 Act, was to handle the legal business of the United States. The Act gave the Department control over all criminal prosecutions and civil suits in which the United States had an interest. In addition, the Act gave the Attorney General and the Department control over federal law enforcement.”

“About DOJ,” (accessed May 8, 2007)


“To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”

“About DOJ,” (accessed May 8, 2007)

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