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A plea or legal defense strategy in which the defendant claims that their actions were solely the result of carrying out the orders of superiors and that, as such, they should not be found guilty of such actions. Refers to the use of such a defense by political and military leaders of defeated Nazi Germany in the Nuremberg Trials of 1945–46. Against the charge of unlawful murder during wartime, the staff sergeant's defense attorney put forward a Nuremberg defense, claiming that the killings were carried out under direct orders by superior officers.
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AS Stephen Soldz, a Boston-based psychoanalyst and APA critic observes: "What sort of experts on ethics write the Nuremberg defense
into their professional ethics code?
In our debate over morality, Gary Inbinder's argument about the Nuremberg defense
(Public Forum, March 3) only strengthens my argument.
We take pride in volume counts and holdings but take the Nuremberg defense
when asked how, except by shear weight of numbers, these tomes and tools function to support the disciplines for which they were brought into being.