Erich Schmidt-Leichner

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Erich Schmidt-Leichner (14 October 1910 – 17 March 1983) was a German lawyer who made a name as a distinguished defense counsel at the Nuremberg Trials (1945 - 1946). In 1978, he was a defense counsel in the Klingenberg Case (Anneliese Michel), where a married couple were accused of negligent homicide for failing to call a medical doctor during an exorcism of their daughter.


  • Eric T. Hansen (4 September 2005). "What in God's Name?!". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  • Erich Schmidt-Leichner, Unrechtsbewusstsein und Irrtum in ihrer Bedeutung für den Vorsatz im Strafrecht, Breslau-Neukirch, 1935.
  • Festschrift Für Erich Schmidt-Leichner Zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. Rainer Hamm, Walter Matzke et al. 1977.

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