Fair Play Committee charged with conspiracy

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Well after the 63 were sent to jail, then uh (clears throat) the FBI, well actually they indited the seven most active leaders of the Fair Play Committee and uh, charged us with a conspiracy, conspiracy to uh counsel, aid and abet, and uh some other charge there. There was about three charges there. And uh we were indited on that charge, and we had a trial, and in our case, we opted for a uh jury trial. We were remembering the support the newsmen gave the resisters, so uh, we had our trial and as I mentioned before we had one uh lousy liar up there, telling lies about me, to get me hooked up in the conspiracy because I didn’t give the FBI any information. Well anyway, uh, even though it was a trial jury they found us guilty, and four of us were sentenced to four years, and three of us sentenced to two years. Two of them were to go concurrently with their previous three year sentence. And the other one was two years to the Issei who was non-citizen. Who had just given the translation for us. Then we were sent to uh, Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas.

Date: May 9, 2006
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Lisa Itagaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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