POLICIES & PRINCIPLES: To Suit the Case

After a whirlwind trip to Europe, Robert Houghwout (rhymes with plow it) Jackson last week summarized the U.S. policy on war crimes. Its salient features (promptly approved by President Truman) :

¶"... An inescapable responsibility rests upon this country to conduct an inquiry, preferably in association with others, but alone if necessary...."

¶ The trials must be fair. But ". . . these hearings may properly bar obstructive and dilatory tactics resorted to by defendants in ordinary trials."

¶ The U.S. specifically rejects the old doctrines that 1) heads of states are immune, and 2) their subordinates are immune because...

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