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In the opening argument Hans Rolfe the defense attorney states that A judge does not make the laws he carries out the laws of his country Throughout the trial what strategies does he use to defend these laws in an attempt to discredit the prosecutions case Hans Rolfe the defense attorney uses various strategies to defend the laws the judges on trial carried out in order to discredit the prosecutions case First of all in Rolfes cross examination of Rudolph Peterson he attempts to show the sterilization of the witness was not a war crime Similarly Rolfe attempts to discredit the witness Irene Hoffman by trying to show that the result of that previous trial was legitimate Finally after Jannings testimony Rolfe attempts to shift Jannings guilt to the world During Rudolph Petersons testimony Hans Rolfe tries to show that the verdict carried out by the judges several years ago was not a war crime At the same time the prosecution claimed that the order for Peterson to be sterilized was a war crime because he was singled out because of his political affiliations After looking through the case however Rolfe thought of a way to show that this was not a war crime and Peterson was not singled out He asked the witness a question from the previous case to form a sentence using a few simple given words When Peterson was unable to create the sentence Rolfe told the judges that the witness mother had a mental disorder implying that this was probably passed down to her son A German law as well as a law of Virginia allowed for the sterilization of the mentally incompetent Rolfe said that the judges decision to sterilize the witness had nothing to do with being a political opponent of the Nazi party but rather with being mentally incompetent Similarly during Irene Hoffmans testimony Rolfe tried to show that the verdict of the judges
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