THE PEOPLE OF AMERICAN SAMOA, Plaintiffs
WILLIE HUCH, Defendant
High Court ofAmerican Samoa
Criminal Jurisdiction, Trial Division
Guilty as charged in the indictment.*
Sentence: To be confined to hard labor, for the duration of the present war with the Imperial German Government.
Recommendation as to Clemency.
The evidence shows that there has been, and probably now exists, considerable feeling between the Robert Reid and Huch families. In view of this, the possibility is recognized of the evidence as to Huch's utterances being unconsciously somewhat over-emphasized or colored by such personal feeling. The evidence also shows that Huch is a half-caste, his father being German and his mother Samoan, and that his reputation has been generally good. For these reasons, considering his status and limited outlook, it is thought not unlikely that Huch was not fully cognizant of the serious nature of his threats, and that speaking, as he did, in his own home circle, possibly he thoughtlessly uttered them in unpremeditated heat. The Court, therefore, recommends Huch to such clemency from the Executive as appears compatible with the safety of the Government's interest.
* EDITOR'S NOTE: The indictment charged the defendant with uttering "threatening, seditious and treasonable language" in that defendant would blow up the power plant ifGermany"received the worst end of the war" (World War I.)]