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Military Court Acquits Soldier in OMSJ Case

May 18, 2012

17 May (Fort Bragg, NC) – After more than 200 days in custody, a US Army sergeant was released this week after a federal court acquitted him of four HIV-related criminal against him. If convicted, Sergeant TD faced 37 years in federal prison. Army investigators arrested Sgt. TD in 2011 after a former girlfriend accused him … Read more

IO recommended dropping serious charges against Staff Sergeant David Bram

July 8, 2011

5th Stryker Brigade news By Dwight Sullivan Tacoma, Washington’s News Tribune reports here that the IO recommended dropping serious charges against Staff Sergeant David Bram in one of the 5th Stryker Brigade cases. (Friend o’ CAAFlog Bill Cassara is Staff Sergeant Bram’s defense counsel.) The IO’s report blamed the command for failing to properly train … Read more

Officer faults command for “kill team” crimes, recommends dropping charges against sergeant

July 8, 2011

by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune An Army investigator today recommended that prosecutors drop serious misconduct charges against a Stryker sergeant who allegedly joined discussions about plans to murder Afghan civilians during a deployment last year. Maj. John Tincher found “no reasonable grounds” to believe that Staff Sgt. David Bram plotted to kill Afghans … Read more

Photos with dead Afghans stirred pride, soldier testifies

June 23, 2011

Adam Ashton | Tacoma News Tribune Some of the first images in a set of notorious photographs showing soldiers posing with dead Afghans were taken with a sense pride that the Army was fighting and killing its enemy, a Stryker officer testified Thursday. Capt. Roman Ligsay told an Army investigator at Joint Base Lewis-McChord that … Read more

Evans attorney appears in Oscar-nominated movie

February 24, 2008

The Columbia County News-Times By Jenna Martin February 24, 2008 William Cassara, of Evans, has a role in a film that could receive an Oscar tonight. He isn’t an actor. Instead, Cassara’s profession as a lawyer put him on the big screen. “It’s pretty neat, actually,” he said, “I was quite surprised to hear it.” … Read more

Military Defense Attorney Bill Cassara outwits the CID – Wins Acquittal for GI After Catching Agent in a Flat-Out Lie

March 6, 2007

If it weren’t for a smart military defense attorney, an innocent soldier might have ended up in the Leavenworth DB on a phony “rape” charge. But civilian lawyer William Cassara (1-800-288-3347) out-smarted the CID when he caught one of their agents in a flat-out lie and detected many inconsistencies in the claims of a young … Read more

Army private cleared of Afghan abuse charges

June 1, 2006

Court-martial panel acquits Corsetti of mistreating prisoners in Afghanistan Associated Press FORT BLISS, Texas — An Army private was acquitted Thursday of charges that he abused inmates at a U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan. Pfc. Damien M. Corsetti was the last soldier charged in the Army’s investigations of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan. He cried with … Read more

Court-martial of Ft. Carson GI to go on

April 29, 2006

By Arthur Kane Denver Post Staff Writer A military judge refused Wednesday to dismiss the charges against a Fort Carson soldier accused of killing an Iraqi general during an interrogation. Attorneys for Chief Warrant Officer Jefferson Williams argued last week that he is a victim of selective prosecution because two other soldiers in the case … Read more

Documents Tell of Brutal Improvisation by GIs

August 3, 2005

By Josh White Washington Post Staff Writer Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush was being stubborn with his American captors, and a series of intense beatings and creative interrogation tactics were not enough to break his will. On the morning of Nov. 26, 2003, a U.S. Army interrogator and a military guard grabbed a green … Read more

Soldier gets 15 months in prison for refusing Iraq duty

July 29, 2005

Objector acquitted of more serious charge of desertion FORT STEWART, Georgia (AP) — Before being sentenced to 15 months for refusing to return to Iraq with his Army unit, Sgt. Kevin Benderman told a military judge that he acted with his conscience, not out of a disregard for duty. “I am not against soldiers,” Benderman … Read more