Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Latest Chapter in the Long Saga of John Demjanjuk

235px-John_Demjanjuk_3 SCOTUS Blog reports the latest in the long saga of John Demjanjuk, now 89, a retired auto worker who lives in Ohio.  Demjanjuk has been at the center of a decades-long legal fight over claims that he was a Nazi guard at German death camps during World War II.  Today, he asked, based on his failing health, the Supreme Court to delay his deportation to face possible war crime charges in Germany. Demjanjuk asked for a stay until he can complete a new round of legal challenges to his removal.

The application was filed with Justice John Paul Stevens as the Circuit Justice.  UPDATE  Justice Stevens denied the application, without an opinion.

Demjanuk has been twice stripped of his U.S. citizenship, first in 1981.  He was sent to Israel, convicted of war crimes, and sentenced to death but the Israel Supreme Court overturned the conviction. He then returned to the United States. Demanjuk was denaturalized again in 2002 and the Supreme Court declined to review the case. In March, German officials ordered his arrest on charges of war crimes. Since then, Demjanjuk has been challenging his deportation.

As always, SCOTUS blog has lots of links to materials in the Demanjuk case.

UPDATE:  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that, on May 12, Demjanjuk was deported to Germany.


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