S. 4010 (93rd): Public Attorney Act

Sep 17, 1974 (93rd Congress, 1973–1974)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Samuel Ervin Jr.
Senator from North Carolina

This bill was introduced on September 17, 1974, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Sep 17, 1974
Referred to Committee Sep 17, 1974
Full Title

A bill to establish an independent Public Attorney to further insure the separation of constitutional powers and the administration of justice.


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Public Attorney Act - Establishes the Office of Public Attorney, under the direction of the Public Attorney, to be designated by three retired appellate court judges who, in turn, shall be selected by the Chief Justice of the United States. Requires the appointment of the Public Attorney to be made by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Directs the Public Attorney to investigate and prosecute:
(1) allegations of corruption in the administration of the laws by the executive branch of the Government;
(2) cases referred by the Attorney General because of actual or potential conflicts of interest; and
(3) allegations of violations of Federal laws relating to campaigns and elections for elective office.
Confers powers on the Public Attorney for his investigative and prosecutory functions.
Requires that the Public Attorney notify the Attorney General of the initiation of any prosecution five days prior to the commencement thereof.
Provides criminal sanctions for the disclosure of pertinent information or evidence to a person who is or is likely to become the subject of an investigation by the Public Attorney. Authorizes such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.

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