Here the NYT profiles the Iraqi reaction to the release of Charles A. Graner, Jr. after 6 and a half years in prison for crimes related to the misadventures at Abu Ghraib prison.

Here is the victims’ families reactions to the SGT Joseph Bozicevich sentence. Bozicevich was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of two senior NCOs in Iraq. Reuters reports,
here, on the sentencing.

And lastly, Kentucky’s WAVE News reports, here, that a “Fort Campbell [Art. 32 investigating officer] has recommended that the charges [against SGT Brent Burke] be referred to a general court-martial.” It appears the IO also recommended a capital referral. As we reported before, for SGT Burke this will be the fifth trial on charges related to the murder of his wife and mother-in-law, but first court-martial, prior post here.

5 Responses to “Military Justice News Aug. 11, 2011”

  1. John Baker says:

    Not knowing any of the facts of this case, that’s an incredibly quick and quite surprising capital referral recommendation. From the documents supplied by one the commentators in the prior post, the civilian judge granted a joint motion to dismiss in June after two seperate juries could not reach a unanimous decision.

  2. stewie says:

    Where does it say capital? I know the article quote 118, but I didn’t see where it said he recommended a capital referral.

  3. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    My surmise was that if the charges include (1) and (4) and the story says nothing about the recommendation limiting the punishment than it is a capital recommendation. There is no certainty until referral, but I’d aimagine the IO addressed it in the report.

  4. Marcus Fulton says:

    It’s not a very well written article, but I don’t read it to say the IO recommended a capital referral. Looks like it’s just a cut and paste job from Art. 118. Am I missing something?

  5. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    MF–Nope, just differing interpretations of where the cut and paste job came from.