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IO recommended dropping serious charges against Staff Sergeant David Bram

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 …

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

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 …

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Photos with dead Afghans stirred pride, soldier testifies

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 …

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

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 …

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Army private cleared of Afghan abuse charges

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 …

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Court-martial of Ft. Carson GI to go on

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 …

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Soldier gets 15 months in prison for refusing Iraq duty

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 …

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