Skip to comments.Afghan killings suspect chooses 'Barefoot Bandit' lawyer
Posted on 03/15/2012 7:43:22 PM PDT by Mariner
SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle attorney who represented a teenage thief known as the "Barefoot Bandit" said Thursday he has been asked to represent the U.S. soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians last weekend.
John Henry Browne told The Associated Press the 38-year-old staff sergeant is from the Seattle area and asked to be represented by him when he was taken into custody. Brown, a prominent Seattle defense lawyer, said he has met with the sergeant's family, and unless the soldier is returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the next few days, he will travel to meet the soldier wherever he is in custody.
Browne declined to release the soldier's name, which the Army has withheld.
"Everybody is worried about the safety of his family, and I am honoring that," Browne said.
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That is not usually the deciding factor in a Courts Martial, but it is a good thing.
This guy damn well better be tried by Courts Martial and by the US Army.
Still, it looks, on the surface, like his best hope is psychiatric care and life in military prison.
From my point of view, Courts Martial cannot accept insanity defense and if he is found guilty, he should be executed.
How many day's has it been and we still don't have a name? This smells.
I'm willing to bet the guy's a Muslim.
After all the bullsh!t we have seen in Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of more than 10 freakin’ years, I don’t the U.S. military has the moral authority to charge this guy with any kind of crimes.
JHB is a take no prisoners attorney. He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he knows what he’s doing; if there ever was a guy who could keep you from riding the big swing, it’s him.
Highly decorated Staff Sargent from Ft Lewis with family in the Puget Sound region. Three tours.
My guess, Anglo-Saxon white man.
No, it DOES NOT STINK! The Army and the USA has a responsibility to keep his family safe...and probably 5 days to relocate.
I said this from the start. Some folks here on FR who seem to have some insider knowledge suggest that this is not the case. I stopped saying it. But my suspicions are beginning to be aroused again.
The US Military does.
Not the guys who sent them there.
Time to get your mind right and place blame where it belongs.
"He wasn't thrilled about going on another deployment," Browne said. "He was told he wasn't going back, and then he was told he was going." From what little information I have..I am prone to side with the soldier. He could not be a slouch and make Staff Sgt.(and that was his rank after his first court martial and being rif'd. I want to know MORE about the doctors that gave this man a green light to go back. He had a serious leg injury and suffered brain trauma. Military would rather deploy a sick man than give him a medical discharge which would cost the taxpayers money. Panetta is trying to cut back on military healthcare.
Time for the people so quick to call this soldier a mad man or nutcase to reserve judgement until a in depth investigation is completed...maybe the doctors were madmen to send him back over...looks like they played a little mind game with him...first he was not going and then he was going.
This soldier was HIGHLY DECORATED...would bet you he is NO muslim!
In a CM do you pay for your own lawyer?
Buddy of mine’s a retired SF colonel out of Ft Lewis. He told me after it happened the Army moved the guy’s family back on to the base. His name hasn’t been revealed yet so they can have a bit of privacy and figure out what the hell is going on and what they’ll do.
After Haditha and Lakin, I trust the military leadership almost as much as I trust Obama. Probably because they do whatever Obama tells them to do.
I read an article by Michael Yon today, where he says that he raised concerns about some of the soldiers he was embedded with and the military’s reponse was to kick Yon out of the embed program. He said that the troops are pretty demoralized by being put in a situation without enough troops and with ROE that make the mission impossible. Reading the description of this guy who the military claims went on this rampage - decorated soldier wounded seriously twice in Iraq including brain injury and a serious leg injury, told he wasn’t going to go back into combat and then suddenly in December he was sent to Afghanistan, not eager about the whole thing - and realizing that after only about 3 months ni Afghanistan he “snapped”, I’d say this could be another situation like Nidal Hasan, where there were warning signs and somebody made a bad decision to put him where they did.
None of that excuses what this guy did, if he did it. But it makes me question whether we’re being told the whole story - or ever WILL be told the whole story.
He and his doctors were both madmen.
Remember, his charge is that he killed 16 women and children in their beds right outside the gate and then burned their bodies...or some of them.
These are not the acts of a rational mind. These are surely not the acts of a Western political zealot or religious zealot.
These are the acts of a cracked mind.
Not if the Army is representing you. But JHB is doing this pro bono - most of his big cases are...
Not if you use a Military Lawyer as assigned by the Command In Charge.
However, in cases which have a political dynamic one whould very seriously consider a civilian lawyer.
But, it's at your or whomever cares about you...expense.
The US Army will not pay the fee of a civilian lawyer.
“I’m willing to bet the guy’s a Muslim. “
OK, maybe he is a gay Obama supporter who went crazy because the threat of Global Warming become too much too bear along with hearing women called bad names on the radio?
Only if you want a good lawyer. No offense to any Majors-Light Colonels out there.
It's the same in the real world.
I served in a volunteer military, and don't want any brat draftees in the mix. I want men that care and work hard.
And one situtation (that's not detailed yet) is not a pattern.
I heard of much worse back in '65.
Get over your petty self.
And welcome to FR, newbie.
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