The Steven Green case (US military rapist & murderer)

  • NickoftheNort...

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    May 22, 2009 9:40 PM GMT
    Steven Green, rapist and murderer of Abeer Qassim al-Janabi and murderer of most of her family, has a received a sentence of life without parole as the jury was unable to come to unanimity on whether he should receive capital punishment: Huffingtonpost - Steven Green Spared Death Penalty For Iraqi Rape, Murders.

    Any thoughts or comments on this case and what it means or may mean for the US at large?

    To copy myself from my facebook, I am "a bit confused as to why the federal US has a death penalty when it isn't used on a man who murders a family and then rapes and murders a fourteen year old girl. Is this the infamous 'Iraqi lives aren't worth as much as white USAmerican lives' in action?"

    Has there really been any chance for capital punishment for the US service personnel charged with crimes in US courts, but committed in Iraq (specifically crimes against Iraqi persons)?

    While I support abolishing capital punishment, as long as it's on the books and in use, it should be used judiciously.
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    May 22, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    I believe an issue the jury considered was the defense that this former soldier had been brutalized and desensitized by excess combat stress. We sent these young men there, didn't give them adequate psychological support, kept them in combat for periods that exceeded previous guidelines, and when they went nuts, we should kill them? Rather, I think we should instead judge those who brought about these conditions in the first place.
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    May 23, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    I agree with both points of view. What a tragedy. Sad Phil is sad. icon_cry.gif