Defendant: Shimoda, Ryoichi, prison guard at the Nagoya Area Prisoner
of War Camp No. 1, Kamioka, Honshu, Japan
Docket No./ Date: 26/April 29 - May 2, 1946, Yokohama, Japan
Charge: 1. Willfully and unlawfully commit cruel, inhuman and brutal
atrocities and other offenses against numerous American P.O.W.s
Verdict: 20 years confinement at hard labor/ Sentence Upheld
Reviewing Authority's Recommendations:
Reviewing Authority: Paul E. Spurlock, Reviewer, Judge Advocate Section
Defense Arguments: 1. Mis-identification of the accused 2. Treated the
prisoners well and was concerned for their welfare 3. Once slapped and
hit prisoner for lying. Superior Orders on the incident involving one
Judge Advocate's Recommendations: In the Opinion section, the reviewer
says that the accused admitted to slapping "three others" while
previous section's summary of says that the accused slapped one person.
Why is there a discrepancy?