Lawyers Trying Lawyers: How the Doolittle Raids Shaped Military Commissions

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September 25, 2020

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Aaron O’Connell, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of his­to­ry at the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and Michel Paradis, a law pro­fes­sor at Columbia Law School and Georgetown Law School, dis­cuss Paradis’ book, Last Mission to Tokyo, exam­ine the after­math of the Doolittle Raid. In April 1942, Col. Jimmy Doolittle lead a group of Army avi­a­tors launch­ing B‑25 bombers from Navy air­craft car­ri­ers to bomb Tokyo on a one-way mis­sion. All but eight of the raiders escaped cap­tiv­i­ty. However, those eight were tried for war crimes by the Japanese and sen­tenced to death. Three were exe­cut­ed and five had their sen­tences com­mut­ed. Paradis’ book takes a look at the trial of the Japanese lawyers after the war who arranged the mil­i­tary com­mis­sion and trial of the Doolittle Raiders.

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