H.R. 3396 (105th): Citizens Protection Act of 1998

Mar 05, 1998 (105th Congress, 1997–1998)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Joseph McDade
Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district
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Mar 05, 1998
11 pages

This bill was introduced on March 5, 1998, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Mar 05, 1998
Referred to Committee Mar 05, 1998
Full Title

To establish standards of conduct for Department of Justice employees, and to establish a review board to monitor compliance with such standards.


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195 cosponsors (122R, 72D, 1D) (show)

House Judiciary

Commercial and Administrative Law

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Title I - Ethical Standards for Federal Prosecutors Title II: Punishable Conduct Citizens Protection Act of 1998
Title I - Ethical Standards for Federal Prosecutors
Subjects a Government attorney to State laws and rules, and local Federal court rules, governing attorneys in each State where such attorney engages in duties to the same extent and in the same manner as other attorneys in that State. Directs the Attorney General to make and amend rules of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assure compliance with this title.
Title II - Punishable Conduct
Directs the Attorney General to:
(1) establish by rule that it shall be punishable conduct for any DOJ employee to seek an indictment in the absence of probable cause, to fail promptly to release information that would exonerate a person under indictment, to intentionally or knowingly misstate or alter evidence, to attempt to influence or color a witness's testimony, to act to frustrate or impede a defendant's right to discovery, to offer or provide sexual activities to any government witness or potential witness, to leak or otherwise improperly disseminate information to any person during an investigation, or to engage in conduct that discredits DOJ; and
(2) establish penalties for engaging in such conduct, including probation, demotion, dismissal, referral of ethical charges to the bar, loss of pension or other retirement benefits, suspension from employment, and referral of the allegations (if appropriate) to a grand jury for possible criminal prosecution.
Section 202 -
Sets forth procedures regarding written complaints of such conduct by a DOJ employee, investigation of such complaints by the Attorney General, and imposition of appropriate penalties.
Section 203 -
Establishes an independent Misconduct Review Board to review all determinations by the Attorney General with respect to such complaints and to investigate allegations made in statements that may be submitted to it with respect to complaints for which the Attorney General has made no determination or imposed no penalty. Authorizes the Board to impose penalties established above.

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