Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Charges Referred Against Final NCO in Baghdad Detainee Deaths, and other news [Updated]

The NYT is reporting, here, and Stars and Stripes reports, here, that charges were referred against Sgt. First Class Joseph P. Mayo in the shooting deaths of four Iraqi detainees outside Baghdad. Charges against two other NCOs have already been referred in the same incident, see CAAFlog reports here and here.

In other news it looks like the MEJA trial of Steven Green is underway in Kentucky, or at least pre-trial motions, see IHT report here. Unless it is quilting season, the case looks to be headed to trial on April 27, 2009 on capital charges of rape and murder for an incident in Mahmoudiya. IHT also makes this report on a ruling today:

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell said Steven Dale Green, 22, willingly made such statements to FBI agents as "Guess I'm looking at spending the rest of my life in jail," and "You probably think I'm a monster," after his arrest June 30, 2006. Russell said the agents didn't question the former soldier with the 101st Airborne Division, or force him to talk, making the comments admissible in court. "There is no evidence that the FBI agents' actions were objectively coercive," Russell wrote to lawyers in a decision released Tuesday.

Update: I just checked the quilt show is scheduled for April 22-25, 2009 in Paducah this year. . . see quilt show link here. Nice scheduling move.


Anonymous said...

Shouldn't these Soldiers be getting medals instead of charges? This is an outrage!

Anonymous said...

To clarify, I am not referring to the Green case - that guy's a monster.