Parent Gen. Eichelberger Calls Sentences of 3 Japs Too Mild News Article
Language English
Collection C.W.J. Phelps Collection
Box Box 1
Folder First Phelps Scrap Book
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
Gen. Eichelberger Calls Sentences of 3 Japs Too Mild YOKOHAMA, Japan, Aug. 9 (AP) – Lt. Gen. Eichelberger, 8th army commander, today criticized as inadequate the prison sentences of 15 to 35 years given three Japanese war criminals for beating American prisoners of war. He commented as he approved the sentences inasmuch as he can lower but cannot increase them. An 8th army commission, headed by Col. Claire F. Schumacher of Minneapolis, Minn., today convicted five more Japanese and gave them five to 30 year sentences or beating and kicking American and British prisoners at Hakkadote war prison camp. Arvin O. Robb of Hillsboro, Ore., and Frank H. Scholinas of Los Angeles prosecuted the case. The defense unsuccessfully argued that the five acted on orders from higher up similar to one once issued by Hideki Tojo when he was war minister, exhorting camp guards not to be lenient