Army & Navy - Trial's End

The court-martial, scrupulously conducted, had heard evidence for six weeks. Last week it announced its verdict: the 50 Negro sailors accused of mutiny at the Mare Island naval depot (TIME, Oct. 2), were guilty. Neither. the extent of their guilt nor the sentence was announced. Until the findings have been transcribed in longhand (Navy regulations) and sent to Washington for review, even the 50 would not know their fate.

News of the "guilty" verdict—in the first such mutiny trial in U.S. Navy history—brought charges from Negroes that Negro sailors were victims of discrimination and a demand for an investigation...

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