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August 24, 2013

A week for lots of notable military sentencing headlines

Three high-profile cases involving military crimes and prosecutions all included notable sentencing developments this week.  Here are examples of the headlines (with the stories linked):

And if you want all the highlights of these three stories via one link, check out this new posting via the Washington Post, headlined " Robert Bales, Nidal Malik Hasan, Manning: A busy week for military justice."

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Am I the only one that thinks the Fort Hood shooter should be given life imprisonment instead of death, as he likely sees that as the worse of the two?

He has pretty much stated that his Muslim beliefs did this and that he welcomes death to become a martyr. By giving him life, he is taken out of the community, it meets retributive goals if you realize that he'd think LWOP is worse (especially given his condition), and would be a greater deterrent for other extremists that would welcome the chance to be a martyr.

The only downside is that if he lives he may attempt to murder inside the prison and force the government's hand. I don't know that that outweighs the benefit.

From an economic standpoint it would also may be better as it wouldn't trigger the crap load of automatic appeals that a death sentence brings.

Posted by: Matt | Aug 24, 2013 6:31:53 PM

Matt --

If we don't give the DP to a multiple murderer who, out of sheer hate for the United States, and with ample premeditation, guns down 13 of his fellow soldiers eating lunch, where there is no question of guilt or of anti-black racism, then to whom should we give it?

It seems to me that, in order to oppose the DP here, a person has to oppose it in all cases, i.e., the person has to be an abolitionist.

Are you an abolitionist? If not, could you name a case in the last few years in which you thought the DP was properly imposed?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Aug 24, 2013 8:44:53 PM

"... then to whom should we give it?"

How 'bout mob bosses and hitmen? Why is the DP so often sought for madmen, but rarely for those who wake up in the morning with the intention of making their daily bread by terrorizing and killing?

Posted by: Boffing | Aug 25, 2013 1:18:30 AM

lol good one boffing!

"Why is the DP so often sought for madmen"


The sick fucktards in the govt don't like competition!

Posted by: rodsmith | Aug 26, 2013 1:15:55 AM

Boffing --

I'm glad to see you would seek the DP for hitmen and mob bosses. This puts you ahead of the numerous abolitionist contingent of this blog.

As to Hasan: He's not the least bit crazy. He's burning with hate for the United States, wishes it no good, and figured (correctly) that one way to do it no good would be to mow down more than a dozen servicemen and women.

That' not crazy. That's evil, just like his fellow hate-filled Jihadists.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Aug 26, 2013 8:30:45 AM

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