|20 Lawyers From U. S. to Defend War Criminals News Article
|C.W.J. Phelps Collection
|Second Phelps Scrap Book
|University of Virginia Law Library
20 Lawyers From U. S. to Defend War Criminals Washington, May 4 (AP) – The War Department reported today that 20 civilian lawyers had been selected to defend Tojo and the other Japanese accused as war criminals. The group, supplemented by four military attorneys, leaves for Tokyo by air next week. Thirty-two members of the prosecution staff, headed by Joseph B. Keenan, are already on the scene. The defense attorneys all have had criminal trial experience. They include lawyers recently released from the Army and Navy. They were selected by the army’s judge advocate general with advice of the justice departments. Jap Officer to Hang San Francisco, May 4 (UP) – The Australian radio said Lt. Nobeyaka Yamaguchi had been sentenced to be hanged at Rabaul for the massacre of 200 New Britain residents in August, 1945. Four sub-lieutenants were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.