Monday, August 18, 2008

Ex-Marine Decries Prosecution In Civilian Court

by Chelsea J. Carter - August 17th, 2008 - Breitbart

Nazario is the first military service member who has completed his duty to be brought to trial under a law that allows the government to prosecute defense contractors, military dependents and those no longer in the military who commit crimes outside the United States.

"They train us, and they expect us to rely back on that training. Then when we use that training, they prosecute us for it?" Nazario said during an interview Saturday with The Associated Press.

"I didn't do anything wrong. I don't think I should be the first tried like this," said Nazario, whose trial begins Tuesday in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.

If Nazario, 28, is convicted of voluntary manslaughter, some predict damaging consequences on the battlefield.

"This boils down to one thing in my mind: Are we going to allow civilian juries to Monday-morning-quarterback military decisions?" said Nazario's attorney, Kevin McDermott.

Like the insanity of using our courts to punish those who sold tobacco, a perfectly legal product that is still being sold today, the insanity of allowing our courts to after the fact try and hold soldiers guilty for actions they took on the battlefield, is simply beyond belief.

Our courts are not just corrupt. They are insane.


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