RECOMMENDATION 12

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
2

The Attorney General should appoint a high ranking official from the Department of Justice to oversee the creation and operation of an obscenity task force. The task force should consist of Special Assistant United States Attorneys and federal agents who will assist United States Attorneys in the prosecution and investigation of obscenity cases

The Attorney General should create a task force under the direction of a high ranking official, of no less stature than a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, to investigate and prosecute obscenity law violations. The director of the task force should be included in all pertinent policy and budget decisions. The individual appointed must have a high degree of personal commitment to the objective of this task force which will require countless hours of personal supervision. This task force should attack the obscenity problem in a concerted and organized manner.

The director of the task force should enlist aggressive and well trained prosecutors and investigators. Experienced prosecutors could be detailed from the Department of justice or the United States Attorneys' offices on a fulltime and/or part-time basis. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Customs Service and the United States Postal Service should all contribute investigators to the task force. All prosecutors should be seasoned trial attorneys familiar with complex obscenity law issues and defense tactics.

The task force members should be brought together by the Department of justice for intensive training and then begin immediate service. A selected number of prosecutors from each United States Attorney's office including selected United States Attorneys should also participate in this training to enable them to understand and deal with the problem in each and every federal district where violations occur.

The task force should be used to address two major concerns. First, the task force prosecutors would be particularly helpful in jurisdictions in which the United States Attorneys are burdened with heavy caseloads and believe they cannot allocate manpower to prosecute such crimes or where the Assistant United States Attorneys lack expertise in obscenity prosecutions.[203] The task force would play a support role for the United States Attrorneys and federal investigators by assisting them with their cases and by serving as a national resource for legal and technical advice as well as a source of information. Second, the task force could be used to assist, or at their request, relieve United States Attorneys of these responsibilities during major investigations of a national scope.

The task force would complement the permanent staff of United States Attorneys as needed or when requested completely take over investigation and prosecution in a particular district.

Notes

  1. Chicago Hearing, Vol, 11, James S. Reynolds, pp. 272-73; Chicago Hearing, Vol. 1, Paul McGeady, p. 85; Chicago Hearing, Vol. 11, Larry Parrish, pp. 216-17.