Bales Arraignment Tomorrow
Here is a link to the TN-T story on the SSGT Robert Bales arraignment tomorrow. Additional coverage from Army Time here reporting that the capital court-martial for the alleged premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians may hear arguments on motions to prohibit SSGT Bales from presenting mental health evidence because Bales’ c0unsel has refused to allow him to submit to an RCM 706 mental health board. From Army Times:
[Bales' defense counsel John Henry] Browne also said the judge has told attorneys on both sides to be ready to argue about whether the defense will be allowed to present any sort of mental-health defense, given that Bales has refused to participate in a “sanity board,” an Army review aimed at determining his mental state.
Browne had objected to the conditions for the sanity board, saying the Army would not let Bales have an attorney present and would not record the examination.
“The judge is trying to get us to deal with critical motions at the arraignment,” Browne said. “We need to slow this railroad down.”
Marine Court-Martial For Corpse Incident
Here is a Yahoo news story on proceedings in the court-martial of SSgt Edward Deptola.
Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola is accused of the desecration of remains and posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties. He also is accused of failing to properly supervise junior Marines and not reporting the misconduct.
Deptola and another Marine based at Camp LeJeune, N.C., were charged last year after video surfaced showing four Marines in full combat gear urinating on the bodies of three dead Afghans in July 2011. In the video, one of the Marines looked down at the bodies and quipped, “Have a good day, buddy.”
Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin pleaded guilty to similar charges last month. Chamblin was sentenced to 30 days confinement, reduced in rank, fined and ordered to forfeit part of his pay for six months. Three other Marines were given administrative punishments for their roles in the matter.