Hirota v. MacArthur

338 U.S. 197 (1948)

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Hirota v. MacArthur

United States Supreme Court
338 U.S. 197 (1948)

AR

Facts

Hirota (defendant) and others were high officials or military officers of the Japanese government during World War II. After the war, Hirota and the others were arrested and tried for war crimes by a military tribunal in Japan. The military tribunal was set up by General MacArthur as the agent of the Allied Powers that defeated Japan. The military tribunal sentenced Hirota and the others to either death or imprisonment. Hirota filed motions in the United States Supreme Court for leave to file petitions for habeas corpus.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

Concurrence (Douglas, J.)

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