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1977-April-11

Constitutionality of Proposals Regarding an Independent Attorney General


(Posted 2014-February-27)

Proposals Regarding an Independent Attorney General

1978-March-16

Constitutionality of Providing Tax Credits or Grants for Tuition Payments to Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools


(Posted 2014-March-12)

Constitutional Law—First Amendment—Establishment Clause—Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools—Tuition—Tax Credits

1977-December-22

Continuing Service of Deputy Director of OMB as Acting Director During Vacancy


(Posted 2014-February-27)

Status of the Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget

1977-September-27

Contractor’s Payment of Employees’ Membership Dues for Private Clubs With Discriminatory Practices


(Posted 2014-February-27)

Dues-Paying Practices of Private Clubs—Discriminatory Practices

1977-June-25

Damage Claims Under the Atomic Energy Act


(Posted 2014-February-27)

Damage Claims Under the Atomic Energy Act

1977-February-10

Date of “Promulgation” of Law Enforcement Assistance Administration Regulations


(Posted 2014-February-27)

Federal Register Act—Date of “Promulgation” of Law Enforcement Assistance Administration Regulations

2004-December-30

Definition of Torture Under 18 U.S.C. §§ 2340-2340A

This opinion interprets the federal criminal prohibition against torture codified at 18 U.S.C. §§ 2340–2340A. It supersedes in its entirety the August 1, 2002 opinion of this Office entitled Standards of Conduct under 18 U.S.C. §§ 2340–2340A.

That statute prohibits conduct “specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” This opinion concludes that “severe” pain under the statute is not limited to “excruciating or agonizing” pain or pain “equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily functions, or even death.”

The statute also prohibits certain conduct specifically intended to cause “severe physical suffering” distinct from “severe physical pain.”

1978-September-19

Delegation and Quorum Issues Concerning the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science


(Posted 2014-March-12)

National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (20 U.S.C. §§ 1501 et seq.)—Quorum Under Commission’s Sunshine Act—Delegation of Authority by the Librarian of Congress

1977-May-16

Detail of Department of Justice Attorneys to Congressional Committees


(Posted 2014-February-27)

Detail of Department of Justice Attorneys to Congressional Committees

1977-May-24

Determination of Date of Commencement of Service of Members of the Renegotiation Board


(Posted 2014-February-27)

Determination of Date of Commencement of Service of Federal Officers—Renegotiation Board


Updated: April 2014