Wednesday, July 08, 2009

New Capital Court-Martial

Third Infantry Division and Fort Stewart CG, Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, referred charges yesterday against Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich (3rd ID) for the alleged murders of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin, fellow Third Infantry Division NCOs. See this reprint of a Fort Stewart, GA press release and WaPo (AP) story here. The charges were referred capitally, according to the press release. See our prior coverage of the Art. 32 and other proceedings here and here. The reports showed that Sgt Boz. is represented by Charles Gittins.


Anonymous said...

What a bunch of boneheads. There goes a few million bucks for a life sentence, at best. Might even be an acquittal given recent history.

Anonymous said...

Realy? That's the best you can come up with - a bunch of boneheads? Maybe you should take the time to look at the evidence in the case? Or maybe you should talk to the wives or parents of the two slain soldiers. Or maybe you should take the time to remember that a referral decision is but one of the first steps in a court-martial and doesn't preclude a later decision to remove the capital decision in exchange for a plea of guilty. Perhaps you can remind everyone of exactly what the incentive is for an accused to plead guilty at a non-capital referral where they are facing a mandatory minimum of life/with if convicted and a maximum of LWOP. Incentive? None. Might as well fight it out and see what happens. Seems to me, at this stage, a capital referral simply keeps all options on the table. I don't view that as a decision made by boneheads.