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HouseBill Number: 3544Primary Sponsor: WrightType of Legislation: CRSubject: American citizen murdered abroadDate Bill Passed both Bodies: Apr 30, 1991Computer Document Number: JIC/5371.HCIntroduced Date: Feb 20, 1991Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: Apr 30, 1991Last History Type: Received from SenateScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: WrightType of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 3544 House Apr 30, 1991 Received from Senate 3544 Senate Apr 25, 1991 Adopted, returned with concurrence 3544 Senate Apr 24, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 11 3544 Senate Mar 21, 1991 Introduced, referred to 11 Committee 3544 House Mar 20, 1991 Adopted, sent to Senate 3544 House Mar 06, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 24 3544 House Feb 20, 1991 Introduced, referred to 24 CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
April 24, 1991
S. Printed 4/24/91--S.
Read the first time March 21, 1991.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 3544), memorializing Congress to enact Legislation granting Jurisdiction to the Federal Courts in cases where an American Citizen is charged, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:
ADDISON G. WILSON, for Committee.
MEMORIALIZING CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION GRANTING JURISDICTION TO THE FEDERAL COURTS IN CASES WHERE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN IS CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN COMMITTED WHILE ABROAD.
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly learned through the tragedy of Dr. Francis L. Abel of Columbia, South Carolina, of the loophole in the jurisdiction of the federal courts in which a murder of an American citizen by another American citizen when committed abroad is not triable in federal court; and
Whereas, Dr. Abel's daughter, Carolyn J. Abel, was murdered in Seoul, Korea, in December, 1988, and the suspected murderer, an American citizen, returned to the United States; and
Whereas, in the absence of an extradition treaty with Korea, no charges may be brought against the suspect in the United States; and
Whereas, in an era when international travel is commonplace and extradition treaties are not always in place with respect to countries that American citizens visit, it is appropriate that the federal courts be armed with jurisdiction in these cases similar to the jurisdiction that they may now exercise when the victim is a "protected person". Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly memorialize Congress to enact legislation granting jurisdiction to the federal courts in cases where an American citizen is charged with the murder of an American citizen committed while abroad.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and each member of South Carolina's congressional delegation.