Defendant: Okazaki, Isojiro, Medical Orderly, Superior Private, Yodogawa
PW Camp, Osaka Area, Honshu, Japan
Docket No./ Date: 47/48/July 2, 1946, Yokohama, Japan
Charge: Violation of the laws and customs of war: 1. Did willfully and
ulawfully, beat and mistreat certain American PWs.
Specifications: beating with fists, belt and shoes; slapping
Verdict: 2 years CHL
Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: Affidavits were used to discern
the guilt of the accused. The accused was a medical orderly in the camp.
The accused was identified as responsible for committing these beatings.
These beatings were without provocation
Reviewing Authority: Accused stated that he had struck the specified
PWs because one PW refused to answer and because the other PW lied. He
stated that he struck them in anger.
Prosecution Arguments: Accused pleeaded guilty to the 2 specifications.
The record is legally sufficient to support the findings. There is no
evidence that the accused was not sane at the time of the alleged acts
and at the time of trial.
Defense Arguments: Paul E. Spurlock, Reviewer, Judge Advocate Section
Judge Advocate's Recommendations: Lt. Col. Allan R. Browne, Army Judge
Advocate found that the sentence was inadequate for the offenses to which
the accused plead guilty. He believed that the 2 year sentence "is
not a sentence which is consonant with the requirements of justice."