Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Military: Commutation of Sentence

Stars and Stripes reports the life sentence of Master Sgt. John Hatley (convicted for the 2007 execution-style killings of four Iraqi detainees) has been reduced to 40 years. The Army has not specified when Hatley will be eligible for parole, but he will be dishonorably discharged and reduced in rank to private. According to Stars and Stripes, members of Hatley’s unit "testified during his court-martial that the killings were committed out of frustration, partly due to the release of several other Iraqi detainees who were believed responsible for the deaths of some soldiers in the unit." See story here.

1 comment:

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

The headline suggests an exercise of executive clemency in the ordinary case. The link didn't work. Is this actually executive clemency or is this really just part of the Article I court martial direct appellate review process?

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