Opening arguments are scheduled in the former Pfc Steven Green capital MEJA case on Apr. 27. As the Houston Chronicle reports, here, prosecutors and defense attorneys seated a jury of 15 on Friday. The case will now take a 1-week hiatus to allow the American Quilters Society show to take over the town of Paducah, Kentucky, which as our loyal reader knows, is no joke. See prior coverage here. As the story reports, Green is charged with “raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family” in Mahmoudiya, Iraq in March 2006.
Our sharp readers will ignore the AP story’s error in this sentence, “Former Pfc. [Green] is the first ex-soldier to be charged as a civilian under a 2000 law that allows U.S. authorities to prosecute former members of the military for crimes overseas.” Oh well, I guess if the AUSAs get a murder conviction it will be a first.