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The hallway outside Room 5235 of the Justice Department is tranquil now. There’s nothing there, save a small plaque, that reminds the observer that in July 1942, that room was the site of one of the most unusual trials in American history.

Fifty-seven years ago, blackened glass doors were put up at each end of the corridor to shield the proceedings from the public. An office across from 5235 was used to station Army guard units. More than 50 soldiers were posted throughout the Main Justice building.

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