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Parent The situation in Japan
Date 21 November 1946
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 3
Folder General Reports and Memoranda from November 1946
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
4 December 1946 Mr. David Nelson Sutton West Point, Virginia Dear Nelson: I was glad to get you letter. Sarah wrote me about your telephone call and your visit with Stacy. We appreciate these things so much. It was indeed most thoughtful of you. I trust your mother continues to improve, and that you will be ready to return to Tokyo at the designated time with your mind free from worry regarding matters at home. I will drop you a short note once in a while about things here. Defense counsel and the Tribunal were somewhat critical of Ballantine’s affidavit because of the numerous opinions and conclusions expressed by him. It would be impossible for a person to testify on his subject without expressing opinions and conclusions, but the Tribunal refused to recognize that the expert witness principal applied to him. However, Ballantine took good care of himself on cross-examination and I think his testimony will be considered a great contribution to the case because of the clearness with which he presented the issues. Admiral Richardson’s affidavit was even more objectionable from the standpoint of opinions, conclusions and hearsay, but strange to say neither the Defense counsel nor the Tribunal raised an objection. The result is that his testimony went in very smoothly. The Netherlands people, with Hyde’s help, are doing a splendid job. You probably know of the difficulty between Lopez and Mr. Keenan over Lopez’ opening statement. It finally fell to me to try to tone it down, and, much to the surprise of everyone, Lopez agreed to the recommendations made and Horowitz is helping him on the revision. It is lurid enough even with the modifications, and I am still a little uneasy as to what attitude Sir William will take. Sincerely yours, Frank S. Tavenner, Jr.