This is coolbert:
The verdict has been reached.
Pvt. Green has been found guilty.
But WILL NOT RECEIVE THE DEATH PENALTY.
"Ex-Soldier Gets Life Sentence for Iraq Murders"
Pvt. Green, discharged from the U.S. Army for sub-standard performance, had been accused of murder, rape, and the execution of an entire Iraqi family. A most egregious case of foul play! Was done, more or less, for the “fun” of doing so!
Was tried in a CIVILIAN COURT, IN THE U.S., AND HAS NOW BEEN FOUND GUILTY.
Was the instigator, the organizer, the plotter, the ringleader.
Observed an Iraqi girl, fourteen years old, for a period of time, concocted the evil deed, recruited his followers, and followed up on the plan.
Before he was arrested, had been discharged from the army. Was then arrested stateside, and brought up under federal [??] charges, but AS A CIVILIAN.
Was tried in Paducah, Kentucky, that location chosen because of proximity to the army base, Ft. Campbell, from which Green had been stationed and then discharged.
This particular news article does not mention an important point regarding this cruel and evil deed!
Part and parcel of the crime itself, and in military terms, this cannot be avoided, IS THAT GREEN AND HIS GANG OF RAPISTS/MURDERERS LEFT THEIR POST TO COMMIT THE CRIME!!
In a time of war, while standing guard in a combat zone, LEAVING YOUR POST, JUST OF ITSELF, IS AN ACT OF BETRAYAL TO YOUR FELLOW TROOPS THAT CAN MERIT THE DEATH PENALTY!!
For a civilian jury, such would not be a consideration in their deliberations? Evidently not! Green is not going to get death, will get life imprisonment.
I had originally thought that the law under which Green was indicted and tried as a civilian for crimes allegedly committed while in the military, was the special law enacted in the aftermath of the My Lai Massacre? Lt. Rusty Calley was only one day away from discharge prior to his being arrested! One day more and Calley would have been out of the army, and beyond prosecution!
But NO, this is another law that was applicable in the case of Green:
"Mr. Green’s trial was the first capital punishment case tried under a 2000 law allowing federal criminal courts to try crimes committed overseas by former members of the military, military dependents, contractors and other civilians, legal experts said"
Malice aforethought was obviously present here! A military jury would have rendered the same judgement but the penalty would have been death? I think so!! Aggravating circumstances are present [leaving your post!!] but were not considered by the civilian jurors!