Saturday, February 24, 2007

When is 100-Year Sentence Too Short?

When the crime is the gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by an American soldier.

According to his guilty plea, Sgt. Paul Cortez, of the 101st Airborne was one of five US soldiers who took part in the premeditated violation of the girl in Mahmudiya. His conviction is the second so far; two more soldiers are awaiting courts-martial, while the accused ringleader -- who has been dicharged from the military -- will be tried in Federal court.

Apart from the horror of the crime, the thing that pisses us off here at the Egg is that, under the terms of his plea-bargan, Cortez does not get life in prison, but a 100-year sentence. Under military sentencing rules, he could be out on parole in 10 years.

I'm sorry, Mister Cheney. Did you say we would be greeted as liberators?

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