Executive Order 587

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Signed by President  Theodore Roosevelt  Wednesday, March 13, 1907

Under authority vested in me by law, it is ordered:


Section 179 of the Penal Code of the Canal Zone is amended so as to read as follows:

"Section 179. An assault is punishable by fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars, or by imprisonment in jail not exceeding thirty days."


Section 181 of the Penal Code of the Canal Zone is amended so as to read as follows:

"Section 181. A battery is punishable by fine not exceeding one hundred dollars or by imprisonment in jail not exceeding thirty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment."


Section 209 of the Penal Code of the Canal Zone is amended to read as follows:

"Section 209. Every parent of any child, or husband of any wife, lawfully chargeable with the support or maintenance of any child or wife, who abandons or wilfully omits, without lawful excuse, to furnish food, shelter, or medical attendance to such child or wife, is guilty of a misdemeanor."


Section 342 of the Penal Code of the Canal Zone is amended to read as follows:

"Section 342. Grand larceny is larceny committed in either of the cases:
"1. When the property taken is of the value of ten dollars and upwards.
"2. When the property is taken from the person of another.
"3. When the property taken is a horse, mare, gelding, cow, steer, bull, calf, mule, jack, or jenny.
"4. When the property taken is the property of the United States, Isthmian Canal Commission, or Government of the Canal Zone."


Section 368 of the Penal Code of the Canal Zone is amended so as to read as follows:

"Section 368. Every person guilty of embezzlement is punishable in the manner prescribed for feloniously stealing property of the value of that embezzled; and where the property embezzled is an evidence of debt, or right of action, the sum due upon it or evidenced to be paid by it shall be taken as its value: Provided, That if the embezzlement or defalcation be of the property or public funds of the United States, Isthmian Canal Commission, or of the Government of the Canal Zone, or of any municipality, city, or village of the Canal Zone, the offence is a felony and shall be punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary for not more than ten years, and the person so convicted shall be ineligible thereafter to any office or employment of honor, trust, or profit with the United States, Isthmian Canal Commission, or Government of the Canal Zone."


Section 16 of the Code of Criminal Procedure is amended to read as follows:

"Section 16. District judges shall have original jurisdiction in all cases of misdemeanor, wherein the fine that may be imposed may not exceed one hundred dollars, or imprisonment in jail may not exceed thirty days, or both. They shall have jurisdiction of the circuit court in cases of violation of Zone or District ordinances."
Signature of Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt.

The White House,

March 13, 1907.


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