Saturday, April 5, 2008
Senator Mike Crapo (R) and Representative Mike Simpson (R) are requesting clemency for Sergeant Evan Vela who was convicted of killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian and planting evidence. Vela has maintained that he was following orders throughout the incident, which occurred in May 2007. Senator Simpson also has "strong concerns" regarding reports of Vela's "physical and mental conditions at the time." In Simpson's view, "There are a number of mitigating factors and extenuating circumstances in this case that make a compelling argument for clemency." See story here. Additional background on the case can be found here.