Here is a link to a Stars and Stripes report on the guilty findings in the Leahy court martial in Vilseck, Gemany. According to the report, Sgt Leahy was convicted of premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of four Iraqi detainees along a canal in Baghdad in March 2007. Leahy was acquitted of accessory charges in a January 2007 incident where Leahy had allegedly assisted 1stSgt John Hatley in the killing of another detainee. Sentencing was to resume tonight (Germany time), though there won’t be much to decide in light of the conviction (life or LWOP), but I have not heard the result.
In light of criticisms lodged against the MilJus system, I wonder if this comment in the TC’s closing, as quoted by S and S, was playing to the mass audience, “If you buy the defense argument, you are saying there is no such thing as premeditated murder in a time of war — that the U.S. does not hold itself to the same standard it expects of others.”
A question to our readers, a fact in the case that didn’t get a lot of press, but was mentioned recently was that Sgt Leahy was a medic–see BBC report here. I wonder if that helped or hurt Leahy in this type of case? I think it probably was held against him, thoughts?