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American Justice In TaiwanThe 1957 Riots and Cold War Foreign Policy$
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Stephen G. Craft

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166353

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166353.001.0001

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The Court-Martial of Sergeant Robert Reynolds

The Court-Martial of Sergeant Robert Reynolds

(p.75) 7 The Court-Martial of Sergeant Robert Reynolds
American Justice In Taiwan

Stephen G. Craft

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 7 recounts the proceedings of Sergeant Robert G. Reynolds's general court-martial at MAAG-Taiwan headquarters in 1957, a year when thousands of other U.S. soldiers were similarly tried. Due to recent legislative reforms, the trial was somewhat anomalous, consisting of a civilian judge and a jury of all military personnel. The prosecutor, Captain James S. Talbot, questioned the jury's bias and accused Reynolds of voluntary manslaughter. Meanwhile, the defense attorney, Captain Steele, retaliated by gathering character witnesses for the defense, destabilizing the housegirl's testimony, and depicting Liu Ziran as a menacing rapist. Evidence was thus conflicting and strongly manipulated in this case of international scale. To the joy of American nationals and the chagrin of Chinese spectators, the jury deemed the defendant “not guilty.”

Keywords:   Robert G. Reynolds, MAAG, Liu Ziran Incident, Alston Act, IRP, FAP, Captain Steele, Captain James Talbot, Taiwan

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