George W. Latimer papers, 1926-2007  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Latimer, George
Title
George W. Latimer papers
Dates
1926-2007 (inclusive)
Quantity
10.25 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0237
Summary
The George W. Latimer papers (1926-2007) consists of records and papers of civil court and court-martial cases handled by Latimer. Of particular interest are the files regarding the My Lai Massacre and Lieutenant William L. Calley, whom Latimer defended in 1974. Latimer was a lawyer and judge. He was elected as Utah State Supreme Court justice in 1946 and was a judge on the U.S. Court of Military Appeals in 1951.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

George W. Latimer was born in Draper, Utah, to John and Petria Jensen Latimer on 28 November 1900. He studied law and received his Doctor of Laws from the University of Utah in 1924. From 1924-1940 Latimer practiced law in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married the former Rhoda Carroll on 5 October 1929. In 1932, Latimer joined the Utah National Guard. During the second world war, Latimer served his country as a Colonel in the 40th Invantry Division of the United States Army (1942-1943). The following two years from 1944-1945 he was the Cheif-of-staff of the 40th Infantry Division. Following his war service, Latimer returned to his law practice until he was appointed a Justice of the Utah Supreme Court a position he held from 1946-1951. Following his tenure as a Justice, Latimer served as a Judge of the United States Court of Military Appeals. In 1961 he returned to private practice as a partner in the firm of Parsons, Behle and Latimer. From 1969-1974 he represented Lt. William Calley in a capital court case.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The George W. Latimer papers (1926-2007) consists largely of materials connected with Latimer's defense of William Laws Calley in his trial for murder in connection with the 1968 My Lai incident in Vietnam. Included are correspondence between the members of the defense counsel and the government prosecution; court orders, motions and petitions; materials related to the government investigation, such as depositions taken by the military investigative team; and hearings reports, trial records, and appellant exhibits. Also present are materials from the post-court martial appeals, including correspondence, motions, petitions, drafts, exhibits, statements, briefs, and government replies. Other materials relating to the trial of Calley include correspondence seeking Presidential clemency and consideration of the Calley case by the military Parole and Clemency Board; correspondence with people supporting Calley either morally or financially; information on two civil suits by Calley and one against him by the Buddhist Congregation of Vietnam; correspondence concerning articles or books to be written about Calley and drafts of the articles by John Sacks written from interviews with the lieutenant for publication in Esquire magazine; and news clippings about the trial. Additional documents regarding other court cases that involved Latimer are in the collection, as are briefs from court cases in which Latimer's law firm was involved.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the George W. Latimer papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: George W. Latimer papers, Ms 237, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations:Ms 237.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Calley Case Pre-trial, 1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
Folder
1-9
Legal Correspondence
Letters exchanged between members of the defense counsel concerning the petitions and motions to be presented to the military court-martial in behalf of Lt. William L. Calley. Also included are letters from the Army prosecution panel relaying necessary information about witnesses and evidence.
1969-1970
10
Press Briefing
Transcript of a press briefing held at the Pentagon on 17 December 1969 with Major General K. J. Hodson the Judge Advocate General regarding military justice.
1969
11
Westmoreland Statement
Statement concerning events at My Lai by US Army Chief of Staff, General William C. Westmoreland, before the Special Subcommitte on Son My of the House Committee on Armed Services.
1969

Court Orders, Motions, Petitions, RepliesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description Dates
box
2
Folder
1
Court-martial
Miscellaneous information about military trials, including regulations governing court-martial.
2
Court Orders
Orders governing conduct of the witnesses and the trial.
1969-1970
3
Motions to Dismiss
Motions filed in December of 1969 giving defense reasons to dismiss all charges against Lieutenant Calley. Including a copy of the motion to dismiss "all charges and specifications because the Court-martial lacks jurisdiction over the person of the accused.
1969
4-14
Motions to Dismiss
1970
15
Bill of Particulars
1970
16-19
Moton for Production of Information
1970
20-24
Motions, Petitions, and Replies
Various defense motions and petitions seeking relief from the charges, access to witnesses and evidence and other legal material. Also included are the government replies to many of these motions.
1970
25
Brief on Constitutional Questions
Brief which presents the defense view that a continuation of the proceedings would deny Lt. Calley his constitutional rights.
1970
26
Brief on Command Control
Brief describing what the defense feels in unfair influence exercised by military authorities or the influence of statements of military commanders of the military court martial.
1970
27
Notes, Summaries
Handwritten notes regarding the case and possible arguments, and summaries of witness depositions.
1970
28
Calley's Statements
Drafts of statements made by Lt. Calley concerning the events at My Lai.

Witnesses and Accused Statements, A-O, 1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Container(s) Description Dates
box
3
Folder
1
Company Roster
Roster for Company C of the 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th LIB, the American Division which was involved in Task Force Barker, the assault on My Lai.
1968
2-26
Witnesses and Accused Statements, A-O
Depositions taken by military investigators concerning the events at My Lai. The statements, arranged alphabetically, range from heresay evidence, to remarks made by men involved in the assault force.

Witnesses and Accused Statements, P-WReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4

Container(s) Description
box
4
Folder
1-13
Witnesses and Accused Statements, P-W
14
My Lai Maps
Maps drawn by witnesses to illustrate and show locations of events in and around My Lai.

Investigations, Trial Record, 1968-1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5

Container(s) Description Dates
box
5
Folder
1
Investigation, Trial Record
Report of the investigation of the Department of the Army Inspector General on the "incident of 16 March 1968 My Lai (4), RVN.
2-5
Criminal Investigations Report
The report itself is not included, only the "case progress forms" making up enclosures 6 through 14.
6-7
Article 39 (a) Sessions
Transcripts of the hearings of 20 January and 23 October 1970.
1970
8
Article 32a Investigation
List of written witness testimony offered at the Article 32 investigation hearing.
9
Charge Sheets
This document details the charges brought by the United States Government against Lt. William Laws Calley.
1969
item
1
Report of Investigation Bound Volume
Volume 1, Transcript of Testimony (Quintuplicate) Report of Article 32 Investigation.
2
Trial Record Bound Volume
Volume 1, Book 1. Article 32 Investigation, Allied Papers of the investigation hearings.

Trial RecordReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 6

Volume 1 books 2-3 Included of the Article 32 Investigation.

Trial RecordReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 7

Container(s) Description
box
7
Folder
1
Trial Record Volume 1, Book 2
Allied papers of the investigation hearings.
2-3
Trial Transcript Volume 3, Books 3-4

Trial Transcript Volume 3 Books 3-4Return to Top

Container(s): Box 8

Trial Transcipt Volume 3, Books 5-6Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Trial Transcript Volume 3, Books 7-8Return to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Trial Transcript Volume 3, Books 9-10Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Trial Transcript Volume 3, Book 11Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

Accused Copy TranscriptReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 13

Container(s) Description
box
13
Folder
1
Volume I, Trial Transcript
2-12
Volume I, Appellant Exhibits
Appendices 1-7 and exhibits 1-22.

Legal Correspondence, Court Orders, Motions, PetitionsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 14

Container(s) Description Dates
box
14
Folder
1
Legal Correspondence
1971
2
Court Orders
1971
3-5
Legal Correspondence
1972
6-10
Appeal Preparations, Motions and Motion Drafts
1972
11-12
Petition for New Trial
1972

Assignment of Errors, Statements and Brief, 1972Return to Top

Container(s): Box 15

Assignment of Errors and Hearing, 1972Return to Top

Container(s): Box 16

Government reply to assignment of errors and correspondence, motions, and information on the hearing.

Grant of ReviewReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 17

Container(s) Description Dates
box
17
Folder
1
J. Houston Gordon, Correspondence
1973
2
Petition for Grant of Review
1973
3-19
Brief
1973
20-26
Government Reply
1973
27
Court Order
1973

Review and ReplyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 18

Container(s) Description Dates
box
18
Folder
1-4
Incomplete Review Brief
1973
5
Final Draft Review Portions
1973
6-7
Incomplete Government Review Reply
1973

Petitions, Cross-AppealReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 19

Container(s) Description Dates
box
19
Folder
1-12
Petition for Write of Habeas Corpus
1974
13
Petition for Revocation of Stay
1974
Volume
1
Appeal
1974
Folder
14-19
Cross-Appeal
1974

Circuit Court Appeal Appendix, Volumes 1-4Return to Top

Container(s): Box 20

Includes extracts from district court record, testimony transcript, and some appellate, prosecution, and defense exhibits.

Parole and Clemency Board, Correspondence, Allied Cases, MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 21

Container(s) Description Dates
box
21
Folder
1-2
Parole and Clemency Board, Correspondence and Petitions
1971-1973
3-11
Correspondence
1969-1973
12-17
Calley vs. Talbott
1970
18
Buddist Congregation vs. Calley
1971
19
Calley vs. LaVerne
circa 1973
20
Incomplete Legal Documents
21
South Vietnam Chronology
22
Crime and Delinquency, Vol. 15, No. 1
1969
23
James Houston Gordon, Resume

Articles and News ClippingsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 22

Container(s) Description Dates
box
22
Folder
1-7
Esquire Interviews, Correspondence and Article Drafts
1969-1973
8
Norman J. Weber Article
Draft, letter, and press release.
9
News Clippings
1969-1989

Latimer Court CasesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 23

Container(s) Description Dates
box
23
Folder
1-17
United States vs. Fleener
Trial record, exhibits, and appeal process materials.
1970
18
United States vs. Borys
Includes United States Court of Military Appeals opinion.
1969
19-22
Allen vs. VanCanfort
Appendix for a writ of habeas corpus.

Seminar, Competition, MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 24

Container(s) Description Dates
box
24
Folder
1-5
Senior Seminar on the Laws of War
Course description, reading list, and case examples.
1970
6-8
National Moot Court Competition
Rules and respondent and petitioner briefs.
1971
9
United States Steel Corporation vs. Industrial Commission of Utah, Plaintiff's Brief
10
Kennecott Copper Corp. vs. Industrial Commission of Utah, Defendant's Brief
11
Diana L. Jones vs. Magna Oil Corp., Plaintiff Memorandum
12
Miscellaneous Court Cases
13
Physicians Drug Manual
1969
14
George Latimer, Biographical Material

Personal and Trial MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 25

Container(s) Description Dates
box
25
Folder
1
Biographical Materials
2-3
Correspondence
1950s-1960s
4
News Clippings
5
Civilian Life, Manuscript
6
Judicial Career, Manuscript
7
Lt. Calley's Case, Manuscript
8
Military Career, Manuscript
9
Utah National Guard
1926-1982
10-13
Lt. Calley Trial
News clippings, media dialog, and periodicals.
1969-1970

My Lai TrialReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 26

Container(s) Description Dates
box
26
Folder
1
Turkish Criminal Code
2
Hearing Aid Dealers Committee and Board Minutes
1982; 1984
3
Personal Materials
News articles, retirement and military records, and miscellaneous.
4-5
News Articles
6
Statements, Briefings, and Documents
1969

Weyman E. WootenReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 27

Container(s) Description Dates
box
27
Folder
1
Memos and Correspondence
2
Legal Documents
Affidavits, case summary, brief, and records proceedings.
1974-1980
3
Court of Appeals Documents
Motions, appeals, orders, and answers.

Personal MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 28

Container(s) Description Dates
box
28
Folder
1
Various Typewritten Family Histories
2
Handwritten Family History
3
Death Documents
4
Personal Information and Mementos
5-7
Correspondence
1926-1972
8-9
Correspondence, Lt. William Calley Incident
1973-1974
10
Correspondence
1976-1992
11
Awards and Citations
1922-1985
12
Statements of G.W. Latimer Contained in Hearings Before the Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations
1956
13
Military Appointments and Various Documents
1925-1986
14
Photographs
15
The Calley Case-Research and Reflections
16-17
Newspaper Clippings

Personal MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 29

Container(s) Description Dates
box
29
Folder
1
Awards
1965
2
Correspondence
1998
3
Family Histories and Genealogical Records: Latimers and Carrols
2007
4
Manuscript, Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL
2007
5
Newspaper Clippings
1941

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968--History--Sources
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Atrocities
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Public opinion--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Calley, William Laws,1943---Trials, litigation, etc.
  • Latimer, George--Archives