Nuremberg defense

(redirected from Nuremburg defense)
Also found in: Wikipedia.

Nuremberg defense

A plea or legal defense strategy in which the defendant claims that his or her actions were solely the result of carrying out the orders of superiors and that, as such, he or she 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.
See also: defense
References in periodicals archive ?
Uekoetter notes that Darre actually had little involvement in nature or landscape protection and that his supposed interest in organic farming, a point on which Bramwell places much significance, only came out as part of his Nuremburg defense.