GIs Face Death Penalty

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty,but if the charges are proved true its a sad day for the Army.,2933,211899,00.html

HOENIX — An Army investigator has recommended the death penalty for four soldiers accused of murder during a raid in Iraq.

Lt. Col. James P. Daniel Jr. made the recommendation in report obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

Daniel found several aggravating factors that warrant a sentence of death in the case of four soldiers accused of killing three men during the May raid in the Salahuddin province.

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Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard, Spc. William B. Hunsaker, Pfc. Corey R. Clagett, and Spc. Juston R. Graber, all of the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, were accused in the deaths.

The soldiers have claimed they were ordered to "kill all military-age males" during a raid on an island on a canal in the province. According to statements from some of the soldiers, they were told that the target was an Al Qaeda training camp.

Hunsaker told investigators that he and Clagett were attacked by the three men and shot them in self-defense. Clagett said he was hit in the face and Hunsaker claimed he was stabbed during the attack.

"I had felt this action necessary for they had tried to use deadly force on me and my comrade," Hunsaker wrote in a statement.
there must be a lot more to this than meets the least i hope so. thank god we dont have the death penalty here. you just know our left wing bliarite MOD would hang you out to dry (eg Col Tim Collins). the impact of having a potential death sentence hanging over you for making a mistake under fire could affect operational effectivness (nobody want to be killed especially by our own side). The flip side to the coin is if they deliberately murdered people they are effectively turning people to insurgency and giving the coalition a bad name, effecting our operational effectivness. the DS solution must be in robust ROE and the backing of the chain of command. can we be garunteed either?
Finaly they would be sentenced to $6000 fine each and to 60 days of collective worship.
Enigma_Bleep said:
the DS solution must be in robust ROE and the backing of the chain of command. can we be garunteed either?
Probably not. From what I've been told by guys there, they are still unsure of how they would stand in a court of law due to the ambiguity of the ROE's.

As this is second hand and I have never seen them (and never will unless they start conscripting past it has been ex's) I would be interested to know the opinion of the miriad of guys on here that have.

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