John Demjanjuk's last-ditch efforts to avoid deportation to Germany because of his alleged past as a Nazi guard appear to be hitting a brick wall. Justice John Paul Stevens today rejected without comment his plea to have the Supreme Court stop the deportation, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. His attorneys can resubmit the request to other justices, but it's not clear if they will.
Demjanjuk, 89, says he's too old and frail for the trip and a criminal trial, but the Justice Department disagrees. Demjanjuk's attorney in Germany is trying to stop the deportation on that end, but there's no word yet on that effort. The retired Ohio auto worker faces nearly 30,000 counts of accessory to murder during World War II.