As the NYT, here, and lots o’ others, including Stars and Stripes here, are reporting, members found MSgt John Hatley guilty of the murder of four Iraqi detainees in 2007. Hatley was acquitted of charges involving the killing a wounded detainee and conspiracy to conceal evidence. Sentencing is expected today.
The New York Times story has an interesting observation from James Culp, a former Army JA and currently involved in court-martial defense in private practice:
Military legal experts said the soldiers’ rank showed the frustration of fighting insurgents who blended in with the locals. “When the first sergeant of a company snaps, taking a sergeant first class and a senior medic with him, it’s a sign that they’ve just had too much,” said James D. Culp, a former Army trial lawyer.
Thought that would be an apt sentencing strategy for MSgt Hatley.