Creating Alaska

Warren A. Taylor

Name: Warren A. Taylor City: Fairbanks District: Alaska-at-Large Occupation: Laywer Born: April 2, 1891 - Chehalis, Washington Death: August, 1980 - Fairbanks, Alaska Alaska Resident: 1909-80 Convention Posts:

  • Member, Committee on Direct Legislation, Amendment and Revision
  • Member, Committee on Judiciary Branch

Education: High School Public Offices and Organizations:

  • Member, Alaska Statehood Committee
  • US Marshall, Cordova - 1922-34
  • US Attorney, Cordova - 1934-39
  • Territorial House of Representatives - 1933-35, 1945-47, 1949-51, 1955-59
  • State House of Representatives - 1959-67

Quote from the Constitutional Convention:

"I don't believe that at this time that a law regarding wire tapping is necessary, just as much as Congress did not think such a law was necessary. A couple of years ago when Mr. Brownell, Attorney General of the United States, was toying with the idea of having a wire tapping bill introduced in Congress, but after consultation with a number of the heads of the law enforcement agencies, including J. Edgar Hoover, the Chairmen of the Judiciary Committees of both the Senate and the House, and able constitutional lawyers of the East, he decided not to do it. J. Edgar Hoover was opposed to it, the leading law professors of the East were opposed to it because the danger was greater than the good that could be expected from it. There might be in a few cases, but they felt there was such a breakdown or insidious invasion of the rights of the people to be secure in their privacy that they felt the law should be left the way it is and let the courts pass upon the admissibility of evidence and if it had been secured in an illegal way by the invasion of your home or privacy, it would not be admissible.

When the Attorney General of the United States would not do this and when J. Edgar Hoover, whose honesty and conscientiousness has never been questioned, came out flatfootedly against legislative enactment of a wire tapping bill, I think it ill behooves us here to draw a proposed constitution for the State of Alaska to rush in, and we rush in where the angels fear to tread. I think that this possibly should be left entirely out of the proposed constitution. Let us rely upon the guarantees of the bill of rights as it is written by the Committee."

-Delegate Warren A. Taylor, Day 48 of the Constitutional Convention, explaining his opposition to including protection against wiretapping in the Alaska State Constitution. The proposal to ban wiretapping in the state failed.