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The trial brief dealing with the criminality of the Reich Cabinet sets forth the evidence as to the identity of various ministers comprising the Cabinet, and I shall not deal with that subject. The presence of the Reichsleiter and other prominent members of the Leadership Corps in the Cabinet facilitated the domination of the Cabinet by the Nazi Party and the Leadership Corps.

And I omit the next paragraph down to the law of July 14, 1933.

A law of 14 July 1933 outlawed and forbade the formation of any political parties other than the Nazi Party and made offenses against this a punishable crime, thereby establishing the one-party state and rendering the Leadership Corps immune from the opposition of organized political groups. I now quote from Document 1388-PS, that being the English translation of the "Law against the Formation of New Political Parties" stated in Reichsgesetzblatt, 1933, Part 1, Page 479; and I quote the first two articles of this law, which read as follows:

"The National Socialist German Workers' Party constitutes the only political party in Germany. Whoever undertakes to maintain the organizational structure of another political party or to form a new political party will be punished with penal servitude up to 3 years or with imprisonment of from 6 months to 3 years, if the deed is not subject to a greater penalty according to other regulations."
I will skip the next paragraph.

I now quote from Document 1398-PS, which is the English translation of "Law to Supplement the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service," dated 20 July 1933 — 1933 Reichsgesetzblatt, Part I, Page 518.

On 13 October 1933 "A Law to Guarantee Public Peace" was enacted which provided, inter alia, that the death penalty or other severe punishment should be imposed upon any person who "undertakes to kill ... a member of the SA or the SS, a trustee or agent of the NSDAP ... out of political motives or on account of their official activity."

THE PRESIDENT: Where is that you were reading, 1398-PS?

COL. STOREY: Yes, Sir; 1398-PS. I am in error, Sir, it is 1394-PS just previous.

THE PRESIDENT: Which article are you reading?

COL. STOREY: I am afraid I don't have the reference, but here is the quotation, I think it is on that one page. "A Law to Guarantee Public Peace," and then it has to do — it is Article 2, I believe — Paragraph 2, Article 1.

I next refer to Document 1395-PS, which is the English translation of the Law on Security and the Unity of Party and State