Attorney: Seeking Death Penalty For Soldier Irresponsible

Dec 20, 2012

The Attorney for U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales of Ohio says the Army's decision to seek the death penalty for a massacre in Afghanistan last March is irresponsible.

John Henry Browne tells The Associated Press the Army is trying to take the focus off its own failings in sending soldiers into war zones when they have already served in multiple deployments and sustained post-traumatic stress disorder. Bales, who was serving his fourth deployment, is charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during predawn raids on two villages. No date has been set for his court martial.