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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:20 AM
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Death penalty dropped for soldier in Iraq rape, murder case - Saddam hanging imminent
http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2423394.p...

Death penalty dropped for soldier in Iraq rape case

The Associated Press


FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. A soldier showed no signs of relief as the Army dropped the death penalty as a possible sentence if he is convicted of rape and murder in the deaths of 14-year-old girl and three others in Iraq.

Instead, Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, 22, sat rigid next to his military attorney and responded with abrupt answers when the charges he faces were read during an arraignment hearing Wednesday.

Spielman now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted in the March 12 attack, said Maj. Don Lobeda, an attorney with the 101st Airborne Division.

Investigators said the soldiers planned the attack for weeks and tried to burn the girls body to destroy evidence of the assault. Three others in her family, including the girls younger sister, were shot to death in the familys home in Mahmoudiya, a village about 20 miles south of Baghdad.

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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:39 AM
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1. Bush and MSM may fool the fundies
but the rest of the planet know that Saddam was and still is in US custody.
We also know that Saddam wasgoing to be hanged no matter what kangaroo court was established.
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beam me up scottie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:50 AM
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2. Where are all of the death penalty enablers and supporters on this thread?
That was a rhetorical question, of course.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:24 AM
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3. What in the world caused these men to do this?
Why did they plan this attack? Were they all mentally deranged, or has the Army started recruiting sociopaths?
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