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Hans Fritzsche, Franz von Papen, and Hjalmar Schacht at Nuremberg. From The Nation:
"[Pentagon general counsel Haynes] said these trials will be the Nuremberg of our time," recalled Davis, referring to the Nazi tribunals in 1945, considered the model of procedural rights in the prosecution of war crimes. In response, Davis said he noted that at Nuremberg there had been some acquittals, which had lent great credibility to the proceedings.

"I said to him that if we come up short and there are some acquittals in our cases, it will at least validate the process," Davis continued. "At which point, [Haynes's] eyes got wide and he said, 'Wait a minute, we can't have acquittals. If we've been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can't have acquittals. We've got to have convictions.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 24th, 2008 at 09:20:32 AM EST
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...and before someone misreads this, Haynes doesn't refer to the imperfect ICTY, but the perfectly illegitimate trials at Gitmo.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jul 24th, 2008 at 09:26:54 AM EST
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Thanks! I was paying too much attention to editing the quote to make clear who was speaking that I didn't notice that the wider context was missing...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 24th, 2008 at 01:27:17 PM EST
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