WASHINGTON (Feb. 5)
Attorney General William P. Rogers today sent legislative proposals to the Senate and House to implement President Eisenhower’s request for a bill to punish flight to avoid prosecution for bombing educational or religious structures. The bill drafted by the Justice Department said:
“Whoever moves or travels in interstate or foreign commerce with intent either to avoid prosecution, or custody, or confinement after conviction, under the laws of the place from which he flees, for willfully damaging or destroying or attempting to damage or destroy by fire or explosive any building, facility or vehicle which is used primarily for religious purposes or for the purposes of public or private primary, secondary, or higher education, or to avoid giving testimony in any criminal proceeding relating to any such offense–shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Violations of this section may be prosecuted in the Federal judicial district in which the original crime was alleged to have been committed or in which the person was held in custody or confinement or in the Federal judicial district in which the person is apprehended.”