Friday, June 19, 2009

Mercy for Sgt. Leahy

Joel Hood of the Chicago Tribune has done some nice reporting in a story about 28-year old Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., a former resident of Downer's Grove, who was sentenced to life in prison "for his role in the grisly, execution-style slayings of four bound Iraqi prisoners." Hood has uncovered that a brigadier general in Germany recently extended clemency to Leahy, reducing the sentence to 20 years with the possibility of parole. As a result, it is possible that Hood could be released after serving less than seven years. However, Hood's many supporters believe a full pardon is in order. At trial, soldiers testified that the killings were in "retaliation" for the deaths of soldiers from their unit. For additional details on the case, see full story here.

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