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** LetMeGetThisStraight: The moment in the preliminary hearings when the two State Attorneys try to deny the right to due process, basically telling ''a '''federal''' judge'' that the US Constitution does not apply in his court. [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Not quite believing what he is hearing]], Stern asks for clarification and is understandibly furious.

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** LetMeGetThisStraight: The moment in the preliminary hearings when the two State Attorneys try to deny the right to due process, basically telling ''a '''federal''' judge'' that the US Constitution does not apply in his court. [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Not quite believing what he is hearing]], Stern asks for clarification and is understandibly furious.furious, especially as both State Attorneys completely ignore the incredulity of his and of the defense.



-->'''SA Palmer''': [[CaptainOblivious Not on the question of the jury trial, no.]]

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-->'''SA Palmer''': [[CaptainOblivious [[SelectiveObliviousness Not on the question of the jury trial, no.]]


-->'''Stern''': [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe So, in other words, this Court follows the directives of the US Secretary of State? In other words, *my* job here is to simply obey? I have nothing to decide.]]
-->'''SA Palmer''': Not on the question of the jury trial, no.
-->'''Stern''': [[DeathGlare Sir. Are you telling me that the Constitution of the United States does not apply in this court?]]

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-->'''Stern''': [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe (Incredulous) So, in other words, this Court follows the directives of the US Secretary of State? In other words, *my* job here is to simply obey? I have nothing to decide.]]
-->'''SA Palmer''': [[CaptainOblivious Not on the question of the jury trial, no.
no.]]
-->'''Stern''': (Leans forward) [[DeathGlare Sir. Are you telling me that the Constitution of the United States does not apply in this court?]]


* CourtroomAntics: The elder defence attorney Bernard Hellring (†Jan 4, 1991) was (in)famous for them and a SesquipedalianLoquaciousness "of an age when people streamed into the courtrooms like into theatres", to the point Stern practically orders him to stay succinct.

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* CourtroomAntics: The elder defence attorney Bernard Hellring (†Jan 4, 1991) was (in)famous for them and a SesquipedalianLoquaciousness "of an age when people streamed into the courtrooms like into theatres", to the point Stern practically orders him to stay succinct.them.


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** SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Hellring's brand of courtroom speaking hailed "from an age when people streamed into the courtrooms like into theatres", to the point Stern practically orders him to stay succinct.

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* UsefulNotes/EastGermany
* UsefulNotes/WestGermany
* UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}}


-->Hellring: I ask the Court to rule, Your Honor, not just for our clients, but also ''for the '''honor''' of Our country'', that these fugitives from another social system be ''at least'' entitled to due process of the law in ''this American court''!
-->SA Palmer: We do not understand the confusion on the part of the Defense over this matter, Your Honor.
-->Stern: Well, this court is a little confused as well, Mr. Palmer.
-->SA Palmer: This Court sit– ''(noise, Stern bangs his gavel)'' This Court sits in conquered territory. It is an occupational court. Therefore, it stands to reason that it is an instrument of American foreign policy. It cannot, by definition, independently decide anything.
-->Stern: [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe So, in other words, this Court follows the directives of the US Secretary of State? In other words, *my* job here is to simply obey? I have nothing to decide.]]
-->SA Palmer: Not on the question of the jury trial, no.
-->Stern: [[DeathGlare Sir. Are you telling me that the Constitution of the United States does not apply in this court?]]

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-->Hellring: -->'''Hellring''': I ask the Court to rule, Your Honor, not just for our clients, but also ''for the '''honor''' of Our country'', that these fugitives from another social system be ''at least'' entitled to due process of the law in ''this American court''!
-->SA Palmer: -->'''SA Palmer''': We do not understand the confusion on the part of the Defense over this matter, Your Honor.
-->Stern: -->'''Stern''': [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Well, this court is a little confused as well, Mr. Palmer.
-->SA Palmer:
Palmer.]]
-->'''SA Palmer''':
This Court sit– ''(noise, Stern bangs his gavel)'' This Court sits in conquered territory. It is an occupational court. Therefore, it stands to reason that it is an instrument of American foreign policy. It cannot, by definition, independently decide anything.
-->Stern: -->'''Stern''': [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe So, in other words, this Court follows the directives of the US Secretary of State? In other words, *my* job here is to simply obey? I have nothing to decide.]]
-->SA Palmer: -->'''SA Palmer''': Not on the question of the jury trial, no.
-->Stern: -->'''Stern''': [[DeathGlare Sir. Are you telling me that the Constitution of the United States does not apply in this court?]]


* CourtroomAntics: The elder defence attorney Bernard Hellring was (in)famous for them and a SesquipedalianLoquaciousness "of an age when people streamed into the courtrooms like into theatres", to the point Stern practically orders him to stay succinct.

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-->Hellring: I ask the Court to rule, Your Honor, not just for our clients, but also ''for the '''honor''' of Our country'', that these fugitives from another social system be ''at least'' entitled to due process of the law in ''this American court''!
-->SA Palmer: We do not understand the confusion on the part of the Defense over this matter, Your Honor.
-->Stern: Well, this court is a little confused as well, Mr. Palmer.
-->SA Palmer: This Court sit– ''(noise, Stern bangs his gavel)'' This Court sits in conquered territory. It is an occupational court. Therefore, it stands to reason that it is an instrument of American foreign policy. It cannot, by definition, independently decide anything.
-->Stern: [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe So, in other words, this Court follows the directives of the US Secretary of State? In other words, *my* job here is to simply obey? I have nothing to decide.]]
-->SA Palmer: Not on the question of the jury trial, no.
-->Stern: [[DeathGlare Sir. Are you telling me that the Constitution of the United States does not apply in this court?]]
* CourtroomAntics: The elder defence attorney Bernard Hellring (†Jan 4, 1991) was (in)famous for them and a SesquipedalianLoquaciousness "of an age when people streamed into the courtrooms like into theatres", to the point Stern practically orders him to stay succinct.succinct.
** At one point, he recites from Literature/AliceInWonderland to underscore just how unlawful the notion of not having a jury is. (Stern later notes in his book that is is indeed a fitting allegory for the sheer strangeness of the trial.)


* LetMeGetThisStraight: The moment in the preliminary hearings when the two State Attorneys try to deny the right to due process, basically telling ''a '''federal''' judge'' that the US Constitution does not apply in his court. [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Not quite believing what he is hearing]], Stern asks for clarification and is understandibly furious.

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* ** LetMeGetThisStraight: The moment in the preliminary hearings when the two State Attorneys try to deny the right to due process, basically telling ''a '''federal''' judge'' that the US Constitution does not apply in his court. [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Not quite believing what he is hearing]], Stern asks for clarification and is understandibly furious.furious.
* CourtroomAntics: The elder defence attorney Bernard Hellring was (in)famous for them and a SesquipedalianLoquaciousness "of an age when people streamed into the courtrooms like into theatres", to the point Stern practically orders him to stay succinct.


It is 1977, and East Berliners Detlev Tiede (Helmut Thiele in the film, played by Creator/HeinzHoenig) as well as his friend Ingrid Ruske (Siegrid Radke, played by Speidel) try to flee the [[UsefulNotes/EastGermany GDR]] to the West. Their first attempt – taking a ship from Poland – fails when Ingrid's West German boyfriend is seized with the false papers before meeting them, and so they have the desperate idea of seizing the plane they are supposed to take back to Berlin, forcing it to land in the West. The plan works, but this opens a whole other can of worms, leading eventually the US Court in Berlin (which until then only existed on paper) to convene for the first and only time.

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It is 1977, 1978, and East Berliners Detlev Tiede (Helmut Thiele in the film, played by Creator/HeinzHoenig) as well as his friend Ingrid Ruske (Siegrid Radke, played by Speidel) try to flee the [[UsefulNotes/EastGermany GDR]] to the West. Their first attempt – taking a ship from Poland – fails when Ingrid's West German boyfriend is seized with the false papers before meeting them, and so they have the desperate idea of seizing the plane they are supposed to take back to Berlin, forcing it to land in the West. The plan works, but this opens a whole other can of worms, leading eventually the US Court in Berlin (which until then only existed on paper) to convene for the first and only time.



* BerserkButton: Stern ''really'' hates the idea that the Constitution does not apply to his court, and fights the notion of letting his court degenerate into a show trial in which he is a mere puppet.

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* BerserkButton: Stern ''really'' hates the idea that the Constitution does not apply to his court, and fights the notion of letting his court degenerate into a show trial in which he is a mere puppet. It does not help he's Jewish, and the entire thing reminds him way too much of the judges of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.



* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Martin Sheen's expression as Stern when the two prosecutors are trying to order him around (arguing with Occupational Law). It makes for a terrifying Mood Whiplash [[MoodWhiplash when the ''WTF'' expression melts off his face]] during the following clarification, leaving behind a DeathGlare.

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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Martin Sheen's expression as Stern when the two prosecutors are trying to order him around (arguing with Occupational Law). It makes for a terrifying Mood Whiplash [[MoodWhiplash Mood Whiplash when the ''WTF'' expression melts off his face]] during the following clarification, leaving behind a DeathGlare.


* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Martin Sheen's expression as Stern when the two prosecutors are trying to order him around (arguing with Occupational Law). It makes for a terrifying [[MoodWhiplash when the ''WTF'' expression melts off his face]] during the following clarification, leaving behind a DeathGlare.

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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Martin Sheen's expression as Stern when the two prosecutors are trying to order him around (arguing with Occupational Law). It makes for a terrifying Mood Whiplash [[MoodWhiplash when the ''WTF'' expression melts off his face]] during the following clarification, leaving behind a DeathGlare.


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[[caption-width-right:350:Berlin has a new Judge, and he's not one to be handled.]]



* BasedOnATrueStory: The basis for Stern's book (and thus the film) are his memories on the trial following the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOT_Polish_Airlines_Flight_165_hijacking LOT Polish Airlines Flight 165 hijacking]].

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* BasedOnATrueStory: The basis for Stern's book (and thus the film) are his memories on the trial following the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOT_Polish_Airlines_Flight_165_hijacking LOT Polish Airlines Flight 165 hijacking]].hijacking]].
*BerserkButton: Stern ''really'' hates the idea that the Constitution does not apply to his court, and fights the notion of letting his court degenerate into a show trial in which he is a mere puppet.
*LetMeGetThisStraight: The moment in the preliminary hearings when the two State Attorneys try to deny the right to due process, basically telling ''a '''federal''' judge'' that the US Constitution does not apply in his court. [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Not quite believing what he is hearing]], Stern asks for clarification and is understandibly furious.
*YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Martin Sheen's expression as Stern when the two prosecutors are trying to order him around (arguing with Occupational Law). It makes for a terrifying [[MoodWhiplash when the ''WTF'' expression melts off his face]] during the following clarification, leaving behind a DeathGlare.


* AdaptionDistillation: The film shortens a ''lot'' of the legal and historical background and creates a few CompositeCharacters.
* BasedOnATrueStory: The basis for Stern's book (and thus the film) are his memories on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOT_Polish_Airlines_Flight_165_hijacking LOT Polish Airlines Flight 165 hijacking]].

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* AdaptionDistillation: AdaptationDistillation: The film shortens a ''lot'' of the legal and historical background and creates a few CompositeCharacters.
{{Composite Character}}s.
* BasedOnATrueStory: The basis for Stern's book (and thus the film) are his memories on the trial following the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOT_Polish_Airlines_Flight_165_hijacking LOT Polish Airlines Flight 165 hijacking]].

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''Judgment in Berlin'' is a 1988 [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaption of the non-fiction novel of the same name]], starring Creator/MartinSheen, Creator/SamWannamaker, Creator/SeanPenn and Creator/JuttaSpeidel. The book and the film – which is basically Judge Herbert Jay Stern's memoir of the entire case – depict, according to Stern himself, the most unusual case he ever had to preside as Judge over, the aftermath of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOT_Polish_Airlines_Flight_165_hijacking LOT Polish Airlines Flight 165 hijacking]].

It is 1977, and East Berliners Detlev Tiede (Helmut Thiele in the film, played by Creator/HeinzHoenig) as well as his friend Ingrid Ruske (Siegrid Radke, played by Speidel) try to flee the [[UsefulNotes/EastGermany GDR]] to the West. Their first attempt – taking a ship from Poland – fails when Ingrid's West German boyfriend is seized with the false papers before meeting them, and so they have the desperate idea of seizing the plane they are supposed to take back to Berlin, forcing it to land in the West. The plan works, but this opens a whole other can of worms, leading eventually the US Court in Berlin (which until then only existed on paper) to convene for the first and only time.

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*AdaptionDistillation: The film shortens a ''lot'' of the legal and historical background and creates a few CompositeCharacters.
*BasedOnATrueStory: The basis for Stern's book (and thus the film) are his memories on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOT_Polish_Airlines_Flight_165_hijacking LOT Polish Airlines Flight 165 hijacking]].

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