N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 205

STATE OF NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1947 COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

Thursday, July 3, 1947 (Morning session)

(The session began at 10:30 A. M.)

The Committee on the Judiciary met in Room 202, Rutgers University Gymnasium.

PRESENT: Brogan, Dixon, Drenk, Jacobs, McGrath, McMurray, Miller, G. W., and Smith, G. F.

VICE-CHAIRMAN NATHAN L. JACOBS: Before we start with our morning presentations, there are a few preliminaries. Dean Wilkinson was scheduled to appear this morning but cannot do so and has requested another day next week. We are planning to terminate these hearings at the end of next week. There have been a few who have not been able to attend and we will try to have them here next week. If they cannot appear, we shall ask them to submit written views so that we will have all of the preliminary material before us by the close of next week. In that way, we will have an opportunity to prepare a tentative draft which, as you will recall, will ultimately be followed up by public hearings which must take place before the end of the month.

We have a letter from Theodore McC. Marsh, who was invited to appear but can't, and he expresses his views here. I would like to read them to you.

(Reads communication)1 The text of the letter appears in the Appendix to these Proceedings.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: I see no need for making copies of these various communications.

MR. AMOS F. DIXON: Are they going to be included in the minutes?

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Oh yes, we will have them included in the minutes.

We have a letter from Justice Colie saying he will be happy to appear, and I would like to read part of it (reading):

"It is perhaps of little significance, but your letter states that the committee has been advised that I would like to appear before it. I am only too happy to assist the committee in any way I can, but if it had not been for the telephone invitation, followed by your letter, I would be disinclined to appear, because I am sure that the committee is being swamped with suggestions of one sort or another."

Mr. Kaufman will appear this morning by our invitation, and the


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