February 21, 2002 at 11:41 PM EST - Updated July 26 at 11:00 PM
Excerpts from the 12-page "supplemental ruling" U.S. District Court Judge Paul Matia issued Thursday in the case of John Demjanjuk:
"I write separately to explain the Court's inability to put any substantial credence in the contentions made by the Defendant to cast doubt on the government's case."
"In this case, documents have been retrieved from archives all over eastern Europe and Germany. Defendant has attacked the authenticity of the documents on various grounds, but the expert testimony of the document examiners is devastating to defendant's contentions."
"The randomness and relative rarity of the documents actually supports their authenticity; if the Soviets had set out to create false documents, they would not have allowed the omissions and minor inaccuracies that occur in the trail of documents in this case."
"Defendant has presented no evidence to show that the Soviets ever forged documents to frame him."
"Although Defendant claims he was not at the camps indicated by the documentary evidence, he has not given the Court any credible evidence of where he was during most of World War II."
"The government has proven by clear, convincing and unequivocal evidence that Defendant assisted in the persecution of civilian populations during World War II. ... His entry into the United States for permanent residence in 1952 on the basis of a visa issued under the DPA (Displaced Persons Act) was therefore unlawful and his naturalization as a United States citizen was illegally procured."
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