During the first cabinet meeting after the recent elections, Adolf Hitler instructs his ministers that Marinus van der Lubbe has to be executed for having set fire to the Reichstag in February. There is no legal mandate for executing someone for such a crime and justice officials are reluctant to move forward with this.
Franz Schlegelberger, State Secretary in the Reich Ministry of Justice, warns that punishing people in the absence of relevant laws may cause "confusion of the general understanding of right and wrong." Hitler, however, will have his way and soon the entire justice system will place itself at the beck and call of the Nazi leadership.
Judicial decisions will be made on the basis of what Hitler wants and the presumed needs of the German people rather than abstract notions of justice, law, or fairness. This will become the primary basis behind the various measures that will construct the Final Solution. Hitler also states during this meeting that the Catholic Center Party will remain an obstacle to absolute rule unless the Vatican can be persuaded to abandon its support for it.