Re: Bush OKs execution of Army death row prisoner
They proved they were pretty stupid when they put themselves in a position where they have to make the choice. But yeah, most go with NJP, where the punishments are generally much less harsh.
And they should be. Service members, like police officers, should be held to a higher standard. When you wear the uniform, everything you do is not just about you- it's about you and your service. You swear an oath when you accept the uniform, and that oath says you will obey rules, regulations, and laws. When you break that oath, and betray your country's faith in you, you deserve everything you get.
Today's Stars and Stripes ran a picture of this murderer and rapist in his Class A uniform.
When I saw it, it made me physically sick to my stomach.
Actually I was involved in a couple of cases where the person involved was more a victim of circumstances instead of stupid. (I was the junior officer on duty or the office CPO and had to write up the charges) In one case, for example, an E-5 missed a monthly inspection because he was rear-ended on the way to the base. He had to wait for the police and go through all the paperwork and then find a way to the base. His big mistake was not calling and having a supervisor who was a pr
*#k. I was ordered to write him up. He felt it was BS so initially refused NJP and wanted a court martial. Cooler heads prevailed and everything was dismissed. The point is sometimes bad things happen to good people.
That being said, 90 percent of the other cases I was involved in were drunks or idiots.