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MVB Senate remarks on land claims, 26 March 1828

Mr. VAN BUREN said, that the appeal ought in his opinion to be made imperative in certain cases. In smaller cases it was not important. The law ought to be imperative in such cases on the Attorney General. He had prepared an amendment, which he thought would cover this point and some others satisfactorily. There was now, according to the bill, no person pointed out as the permanent prosecutor for the United States. He thought there should be some individual appointed to look to the interests of the Government. His amendment, therefore, authorized the President of the United States to appoint a law-agent; or, in certain cases, to appropriate money for the employment of additional counsel. It was not supposed that the District Attorney, in all cases, would feel competent to the defence of the more important cases without advice; although he did not mean to insinuate, that any one of those, to whose hands the prosecution might be entrusted, would not do his duty.

Mr. BERRIEN accepted the amendment offered by Mr. Van Buren, as a substitute for that offered by him on Friday.

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The question then being put on the first part of the amendment offered by Mr. VAN BUREN, it was agreed to.

Mr. VAN BUREN moved the division of the second clause of his amendment, so as to take the question first on the appointment of a law-agent, and then on appropriating money for the employment of assistant counsel. Both propositions having been agreed to, the bill was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

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Source: Register of Debates
Collection: N/A
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)