May 5, 2005

The England Mistrial

So, I'm watching coverage of this declaration of a mistrial in the court-martial of Private England in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, and I have to wonder about this declaration. It sounds a lot like the judge was looking for a reason to do this - I mean, this can hardly be the first time in the history of military courts that someone has told one story in their guilty plea and another at sentencing time.

I'm more willing to see mercy towards low ranking troops who behave terribly than towards their officers, who are responsible for them both in practice and in the law. Unless I've missed something, not a single American officer has been charged.

One has to wonder if there was some pressure to throw the book at enlisted suspects in order to keep the scandal from growing. Or maybe I'm just feeling conspiratorial.

Posted 2005/05/05 21:43 (Thu) | TrackBack