Nomination of Judge Edwin R. Holmes: Hearings Before a Subcommittee...on the Nomination of Judge Edwin R. Holmes for Judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Jan. 24 to March 6, 1936

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Page 16 - I do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich...
Page 108 - No man in this country is so high that he is above the law. No officer of the law may set that law at defiance with impunity. All the officers of the Government, from the highest to the lowest, are creatures of the law, and are bound to obey it.
Page 97 - The said courts shall have power to impose and administer all necessary oaths, and to punish, by fine or imprisonment, at the discretion of the court, contempts of their authority : Provided, That such power to punish contempts shall not be construed to extend to any cases except the misbehavior of any person in their presence, or so near thereto as to obstruct the administration of justice...
Page 97 - That in any suit, action, or proceeding brought by or on behalf of the United States subpoenas for witnesses who are required to attend a court of the United States...
Page 19 - By repeated decisions of this court it has come to be well established that the debates in Congress expressive of the views and motives of individual members are not a safe guide, and hence may not be resorted to, in ascertaining the meaning and purpose of the law-making body.
Page 50 - If there is no serious objection, we will recess until 2 o'clock. (Thereupon, at 1 pm, a recess was taken until 2 pm) AFTER RECESS At the expiration of the recess, the hearing was resumed...
Page 97 - That in civil cases no writ of subpoena shall issue for witnesses living out of the district in which the court is held at a greater distance than one hundred miles from the place of holding the same without the permission of the trial court being first had upon proper application and cause shown.
Page 19 - But reports of committees of House or Senate stand upon a more solid footing, and may be regarded as an exposition of the legislative intent in a case where otherwise the meaning of a statute is obscure.
Page 106 - When the literal enforcement of a statute would result in great injustice and lead to consequences which the legislature could not have contemplated, the courts are bound to presume that such consequences were not intended and adopt a construction that it may be reasonable to presume was contemplated by the legislature.
Page 97 - ... the misbehavior of any person or persons, in the presence of the said courts, or so near thereto as to obstruct the administration of justice, the misbehavior of any of the officers of the said courts...

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