The Tokyo War Crimes Trial, U.Va.

The Tokyo War Crimes Trial

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Trial Preparation / Structure

Briefing, Reassignment of Personnel and Final Preparation for Trial

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Description: 
Memorandum to the staff listing the attorney assignments regarding each subject to be addressed during the trial as well as the proper procedure for presenting prepared cases in court. Also outlines the proper format for prepared briefs and the timeline for preparing documents to offer into evidence.
Date: 
1946CE May 7th

Revised Deadline Dates

Description: 
Lists deadlines for briefs regarding Chinese Military Aggression Including Atrocities, Opium and Narcotics, Economic Aggression, Relations with Germany and Italy, Relations with Russia, Preparations for War, Relations with U.S. & Great Britain, Relations with Netherlands, Class C and Philippines, Class B Offenses
Date: 
1946CE Jun 28th

Conference on Procedure Regarding Summation November 21, 1947

Description: 
Transcript of Day 1 of the Conference on Procedure Regarding Summation that occurred on November 21, December 3, and December 10, 1947. Over these three dates, the Prosecution and Defense teams argued in front of the Tribunal on how they would like to conduct the end of trial, specifically regarding the summation, arguments, and other topics. Topics debated include precedence, intent of various charters, format of briefs, division of arguments, and various legal points.
Date: 
1947CE Nov 21st

Report of Progress of Sub-Committee on the Selection of the Top Likely Suspects to be Included in the First Trials.

Description: 
Memorandum on the Working Assignments for the International Prosecution Section. Overview of work completed thus far by the group under Mr. Fihelly charged with selecting the top 30 to 40 likely suspects for investigatory purposes. Sub-committee consists of Lt. Col. Sackett, Mr. Fihelly, Mr. Donihi, Mr. Horwitz, Maj. Barnard and Mr. McKinney. Focused on Tojo and his cabinet and other important members of industry and military personnel.
Date: 
1945CE Dec 17th

Supplement to the Assignment on Selection of the 30 to 40 Most Likely Suspects

Description: 
Memorandum on the Working Assignments for the International Prosecution Section. Indicates that the team will "secure expert advice" from Dr. Norman of CIS, Robert Fear of the State Department, and Don Brown of the Economic & Scientific Section, GHQ "in order to obtain an accurate reliable picture of who the most likely defendants might be." They will begin with the Tojo Cabinet. Outlines the process for immediate action. Assignment number 21.
Date: 
1945CE Dec 18th

B and C Offences

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Description: 
Requests "chronological list of all action taken, orders given or meetings attended, etc., (if any) by the defendant assigned" to individual team members to aid in the process of "preparing the preliminary Brief in respect of offences committed after 7th December, 1941, against prisoners of war and civilian internees in all areas, and against "indigenes" in all areas except the Philippines." Includes list of distribution of defendants to attorneys.
Date: 
1946CE Jun 22nd

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