So many draft resisters were arrested they had to be spread to county jails
throughout Wyoming State. The JACL's Min Yasui paid a visit to one jail where
the men felt he was looking for someone to "name names" to implicate leaders
of the Fair Play Committee. The resisters kept their spirits high awaiting
trial by composing a "Song of Cheyenne" in Japanese and singing it under the noses
of their jailers. On the first day of trial, a photographer from the Wyoming
Eagle posed them in the courtroom for posterity. Shigeru Fujii came first alphabetically,
and so his name was given for the case.
Unwilling to take their chances with an all-white jury in a remote state during a world war, the resisters asked the judge to rule on their act of civil disobedience,
hoping he would rule on the basis of law rather than emotion. But Federal District
Court Judge T. Blake Kennedy found them guilty of draft evasion as charged and
sentenced them to three years in a federal penitentiary. Half were sent to Leavenworth,
Kansas, the rest to McNeil Island, Washington.