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James J. Laughlin
One tactic use in defense of his clients was to ask the court to impound all ADL files so he could do a thorough discovery process. Since the ADL provided most of the intelligence and research for the prosecution, Laughlin deemed it necessary to determine what was provided. Judge Edward C. Eicher refused the request.
Laughlin was the defense attorney for Mildred Gillars, a woman nicknamed “Axis Sally” who had made propaganda broadcasts for Germany during the war. Gillars was charged with eight counts of treason and convicted on one.
- ↑ American Political Trials, by Michal R. Belknap, page 186.
- ↑ “Defendant Found Dead” Pittsburg Post-Gazette, May 5, 1944
- ↑ Confronting Right-wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA, by George Michael, page 137
- ↑ “Sedition Case Lawyer Loses Trial Rights”, Pittsburg Post-Gazette, July 6, 1944