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ON March 21, 1946, a new set of rules of criminal procedure for the
federal courts went into effect. Hailed by former Attorney General
Homer Cummings as "a triumph of the democratic process," this
body of rules is the non-legislative product of a laborious, eight-year
enterprise which required the participation of a great many individuals
and groups throughout the United States, including judges, lawyers,
government officers, legal scholars, and committees of bench and bar.
In contrast with the unwieldy legislative codes of criminal procedure
of many of the states, these rules occupy but sixty small pages of large
print. In a pocket edition, as the late Judge George Z. Medalie once
remarked, they would take up no more space than a box of matches.

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criminal procedure, federal