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House Proceeding 06-09-09 on Jun 9th, 2009 :: 1:08:35 to 1:11:00
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Hank Johnson

1:08:30 to 1:08:50( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: make competitive grants to eligible state, tribal, and local pros and maintain certain protection and witness assistance programs . the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson, and the gentleman from california, mr. issa, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the

Hank Johnson

1:08:35 to 1:11:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Hank Johnson

Hank Johnson

1:08:51 to 1:09:12( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: gentleman from georgia. ms. johnson: -- mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and incle extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: wiout objection. mr. johnson: and i yield myself such time as i may consume.

Hank Johnson

1:09:13 to 1:09:35( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, the witness security and protection act of 2009 authorizes the attorney general to award grants to states and local prosecutors for establishing and improving short-term witness protection programs for witnesses that are involved in a state or local trial

Hank Johnson

1:09:36 to 1:09:57( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: involving a homicide, a serious violent felony or a serious drug offense. witness intimidation reduces the likelihood that citizens will be willing to perform their civic duty in the criminal justice system, often depriving police and prosecutors of critical evidence.

Hank Johnson

1:09:58 to 1:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: more broadly, it also undermines public coidence that the criminal justice system can adequately protect its citizens. and there is no better example that demonstrates the need for this legislation than the tragedy that befell the dawson

Hank Johnson

1:10:19 to 1:10:39( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: family in the autumn of 2002 in baltimore, maryland. angela dawson had repeatedly contacted the police with drug dealing in her neighborhood. in retaliation, darrell brooks, a neighborhood dealer, fire bombed the dawson home, not

Hank Johnson

1:10:40 to 1:11:01( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: once but twice, before killing angela, her husband, cornell, and all five of their children. this heinous violence perpetrated against the dawson family was the impetus for this legislation, and i commend congressman conyers for -- excuse me -- congressman cummings for his tireless pursuit of this legislation

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