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(WTKR)   It's been more than half a century since the U.S. military executed a service member. If that trial happened today cable news as we know it would implode and the only thing to escape would be Nancy Grace's voice   (wtkr.com) divider line 16
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2013-07-29 11:02:50 AM  
We don't have enough racial bias stories in 2013 that we need to go back 50 years to dredge more up?
 
2013-07-29 11:05:57 AM  
If that trial happened today cable news as we know it would implode and the only thing to escape would be Nacy Grace's voice

nickjonline.com
 
2013-07-29 11:14:51 AM  
Why on Earth would it be controversial to execute a child rapist and attempted murderer?
 
2013-07-29 11:18:41 AM  
Get ready for CNN to implode!!!!

www.csmonitor.com

/praise be allah
 
2013-07-29 11:21:55 AM  
The white prisoners "had killed little girls or killed more than once. ...President Dwight Eisenhower commuted sentences of four. Two were spared by the court," the paper said.

And there was evidence in Bennett's case that he suffered from mental health problems that, in today's justice system, might have spared him.


I know that TFA's implication is that the guy should have gotten off because racism herp derp race card derp glove don't fit, but my takeaway is that we really needed to execute a few  more soldiers and mucked it up somehow.
 
2013-07-29 11:24:04 AM  
thisdistractedglobe.com
 
2013-07-29 11:27:40 AM  
biology.duke.edu
 
2013-07-29 11:57:28 AM  
Well, obviously we've fixed the military so that rape is no longer a problem, thus we don't NEED to execute service members anymore. Duh.
 
2013-07-29 12:36:16 PM  

Jim_Callahan: I know that TFA's implication is that the guy should have gotten off because racism herp derp race card derp glove don't fit, but my takeaway is that we really needed to execute a few more soldiers and mucked it up somehow.


My take on it as well.  Without going into further details, while the racism seems obvious I'd still want to read a bit more on the 15 trials.  That's not much to go through when considering something.

One sad point fta - blacks were twice as likely to get the death penalty, and I believe this still holds true today on the civilian side.
 
2013-07-29 01:43:26 PM  
Pat Tillman was basically executed.
 
2013-07-29 02:27:52 PM  

flynn80: Pat Tillman was basically executed.


Lame.
 
2013-07-29 03:36:41 PM  
How about that Robert Bales guy? I mean, he killed a whole bunch of women and children who did absolutely no harm to him. Seems like a prime candidate for a hanging.
 
2013-07-29 04:24:17 PM  

Aristocles: Why on Earth would it be controversial to execute a child rapist and attempted murderer?


"During World War II, blacks accounted for less than 10% of the Army. During the war, 70 soldiers were executed in Europe and, of those, 55 were black."

"The Times story went on to say that during the six years between Bennett's trial and his execution, eight other black soldiers were executed - but the six white prisoners on death row lived."

All committed similar crimes, but with a few exceptions only the black soldiers got executed.

/some of those in armed forces are the same that burn crosses
/guy was probably just trying to bust up a chifferobe
 
2013-07-29 04:42:51 PM  
A general sense of CYA pervades the military.  If executing personnel who commit capital crimes is controversial, then the services will dodge it by giving them jail.  Sometimes, as with the guy in the 101st who went on the rape and murder spree in Iraq, they will just release them from the service without charging them.
 
2013-07-30 12:48:11 AM  
The death penalty for violent rape & attempted murder of a preteen minor, where the minor points out her attacker in court, is never going to be "controversial", regardless of race or mental health issues.  Sure, there's always gonna be a handful of nuts in any case ever, but they will be ignored by 90+% of Americans.
 
2013-07-30 12:13:29 PM  

Insaniteus: The death penalty for violent rape & attempted murder of a preteen minor, where the minor points out her attacker in court, is never going to be "controversial", regardless of race or mental health issues.  Sure, there's always gonna be a handful of nuts in any case ever, but they will be ignored by 90+% of Americans.


I'd argue that it is actually controversial today, even if it wasn't at the time.  The trick is the 'attempted' part.  You don't get the DP for rape and/or attempted murder even in Texas.  Life in Prison w/o Parole?  Easy.  Death?  Nope.

Now if he's actually successful in killing the preteen, then it's the needle for him.
 
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