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Parent Trial Update
Date 9 May 1947
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 4
Folder General Reports and Memoranda from May 1947
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
Mr. G. Osmond Hyde Page 2 Of course I have needed you badly, but as we have re- vamped our organization we are in a position to carry along in a very satisfactory way until we get into the phase dealing with individual accused. If you can come here at the beginning of that phase of the case you would be here for the most important part of the work and at a time that would be most interesting to you and most valuable to us. The general Phase, the Education and Propaganda and the Manchurian Phases of the Defense case have been completed and with¬in a week we are likely to complete the China Phase. The other phases will be the Russian with an estimated length of two weeks and the Pacific with an estimated length of six weeks. Without loss of time for adjustments, the Individual phase cannot well be expected to begin earlier than July 15 or August 1. Many defense counsel estimate that the Individual phase will average a week to an accused, which means that it would consume six or seven months. We are somewhat elated over the results of our work so far. Perfect harmony exists and the Associate Prosecutors are doing a mag¬nificent piece of work in the courtroom. A total of 84 witnesses have testified, 34 of whom have been cross-examined. Including a long list of basic documents presented by the defence, only 202 documents have been admitted in evidence while 207 have been rejected and 230 have been withdrawn or abandoned as the result of rulings on the objections. Close attention to these matters has cut the trial by many weeks. The grind has been terrific, and you could have been of so much assistance to us. If any one of five or six individuals becomes incapacitated the result will be very serious to us, but, as I stated before, we are still hopeful that you will bring up reinforcements at the crucial time. Twice the defence has collapsed, and it is because of such a happening yesterday that I am able to write to you today. I think it will happen again at the end of the Russian section. I will keep you advised generally of the progress we are making. With all best wishes, I am Sincerely yours, FRANK S. TAVENNER, JR. Acting Chief of Counsel