This chapter explores the sentencing practices of the twelve Nuremberg Military Tribunals. Section 1 discusses the failure of the tribunals to develop general sentencing principles. Section 2 compares sentences within cases, assessing the consistency of the sentences that the defendants received. Sections 3 and 4 discuss aggravating and mitigating sentencing factors. Finally, Section 5 draws on the previous sections to compare sentences between cases, questioning the accepted wisdom that the sentences became increasingly lenient over time.
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