- Congressman: McAuliffe victory means gun control a winning message
- Clinton aide admits soliciting disgraced D.C. fundraiser; says actions were legal
- Joel Osteen church victimized in $600K theft
- Obama goes shopping at Gap as minimum-wage thanks
- N.J. woman charged after client dies from black-market butt injections
- CIA chief Brennan ‘determined’ to speak out more this year
- Reset? What reset? U.S.-Russia ties at worst since Cold War
- 9/11 terror recruiter released in Syrian prisoner swap
- D.C. elections board gives green light to marijuana legalization initiative
- Elephants can tell difference between human languages: study
Demjanjuk hopeful of return to Ohio
MUNICH (AP) — Convicted of serving as a Nazi death-camp guard and in failing health at 91, John Demjanjuk still hopes he might be able to return home to Ohio, his son said after seeing his father face to face for the first time since his deportation in 2009.
In an interview with the Associated Press, John Demjanjuk Jr. said that if a court battle in Ohio results in his father being given permission by Germany to return home, he would do so even before his appeal in Germany is heard.
“Absolutely, immediately,” Mr. Demjanjuk said after visiting with his father for four days at his nursing home in the Bavarian town of Bad Feilnbach. “We’re Americans — Americans of Ukrainian heritage — and that’s his home.”
Demjanjuk was found guilty in May on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder after a Munich court found that evidence showed he was a guard during the war the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.
The case was the first time someone was convicted in Germany on the basis only of having been a guard, without evidence of a specific killing.
The Munich court found that he agreed to serve the Nazis as a guard at Sobibor. Demjanjuk consistently has rejected the allegation, insisting he never served as a guard anywhere and was held in German camps himself for much of World War II.
But his family is fighting in the U.S. They argue that the U.S. government failed to disclose important evidence; namely, a 1985 secret FBI report uncovered by the AP. That report indicates the FBI believed that a Nazi ID card purportedly showing that Demjanjuk served as a death-camp guard was a Soviet-made fake.
That may seem unlikely, but it already has happened once before in the approximately 35-year saga of Demjanjuk’s legal battles.
In the 1980s, Demjanjuk stood trial in Israel accused of being the notoriously brutal guard “Ivan the Terrible” at the Treblinka extermination camp. He was convicted, sentenced to death — then freed when the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the ruling, saying the evidence showed he was the victim of mistaken identity.
He then was allowed back into the U.S., and in a 1993 review of the American denaturalization hearing that led to his extradition, a federal U.S. appeals panel concluded that the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations engaged in “prosecutorial misconduct that seriously misled the court.”
The younger Mr. Demjanjuk said the family is now “very confident that we’re going to achieve a hearing before the federal district court in Cleveland” and also that his father’s conviction in Germany will be overturned.
TWT Video Picks
By Thomas Sowell
Democrats would rather help political donors than underprivileged youths
- David Jolly wins in Florida, GOP keeps swing district seat
- House Democrats trying to force unemployment insurance vote
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Redskins bypass big splash - for now - as free agency period begins
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- FCC targets black conservative in TV station fight
- Hillary Clinton campaign received funds from Jeffrey Thompson
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS after months of talks
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again