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In re Yamashita

327 U.S. 1 (1946)

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In re Yamashita

United States Supreme Court

327 U.S. 1 (1946)

Facts

Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita (defendant) was the commanding general in charge of Japanese forces in the Philippines between October 9, 1944, and September 2, 1945. During this period, Japanese forces under Yamashita’s command committed high crimes and atrocities against the people of the United States and of its allies and dependencies. After the surrender of Japan in 1945, a United States military tribunal tried and convicted Yamashita for the war crimes committed by Japanese forces in the Philippines. Yamashita appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States under a petition of habeas corpus.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stone, C.J.)

Dissent (Murphy, J.)

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