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German Court Drops Murder Charge Against Hitler Cabinet Official

The public prosecutor of Schleswig-Holstein announced today that he would appeal from a decision of the Flensburg criminal court dismissing murder charges against Hitler’s former Deputy Minister of Justice. The court held that Franz Schlegelberger, accused of complicity in the murder of Markus Luftgrass, a Jew, during the war, could not be brought to trial again since he had been arraigned previously in the Nuremberg war crimes trials and a trial now would involve double jeopardy.

Schlegelberger, it was disclosed only last week, is receiving a federal government pension of about $500 a month.