Staff Sgt. Robert Bales http://kplu.org en Jury: Life without Parole for Bales in Afghan Massacre http://kplu.org/post/jury-life-without-parole-bales-afghan-massacre <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 40, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty, showed no emotion as the verdict was announced at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:24:23 +0000 Gene Johnson 9744 at http://kplu.org Jury: Life without Parole for Bales in Afghan Massacre At Sentencing, Bales Apologizes for Afghan Massacre http://kplu.org/post/sentencing-bales-apologizes-afghan-massacre <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan villagers apologized for his "act of cowardice" as he made his case for why he should one day have a shot at freedom.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Staff Sgt. Robert Bales said Thursday that he was operating "behind a mask of fear ... and bravado" when he went on a solo nighttime mission and slaughtered villagers in mud-walled huts.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:54:03 +0000 Gene Johnson 9725 at http://kplu.org At Sentencing, Bales Apologizes for Afghan Massacre Brother Testifies for Defense in Afghan Massacre http://kplu.org/post/brother-testifies-defense-afghan-massacre <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">An older brother of the U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year is telling a military jury about what his sibling was like as a youth.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Bill Bales says Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was an outgoing youngster who served as his high school class president and captain of the football team in Norwood, Ohio, where they grew up.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:22:59 +0000 Gene Johnson 9712 at http://kplu.org Brother Testifies for Defense in Afghan Massacre Afghan Victims Testify in Bales Sentencing Hearing http://kplu.org/post/afghan-victims-testify-bales-sentencing-hearing <p>An Afghan father broke down in a courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and tried to leave the witness stand.</p><p>The emotional outburst Tuesday came during the sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to murdering 16 Afghan villagers in March of last year.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 04:19:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9702 at http://kplu.org Afghan Victims Testify in Bales Sentencing Hearing Jury Selection Begins for Afghanistan Massacre Sentencing http://kplu.org/post/jury-selection-begins-afghanistan-massacre-sentencing <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Jury selection is underway in the sentencing of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians during raids on two villages last year.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Bales pleaded guilty in June to premeditated murder and other charges in a deal to avoid the death penalty. This week's sentencing will determine whether he is sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole, or without it.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:47:15 +0000 Gene Johnson 9688 at http://kplu.org Jury Selection Begins for Afghanistan Massacre Sentencing Army: Soldier, Wife Laughed about Killing Charges http://kplu.org/post/army-soldier-wife-laughed-about-killing-charges <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Army prosecutors said Monday they have a recording of a phone call in which Staff Sgt. Robert Bales and his wife laugh as they review the charges filed against him in the killing of 16 Afghan villagers.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Bales, an Ohio native and father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty for killing the civilians, mostly women and children, on March 11, 2012.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:24:03 +0000 Gene Johnson 9676 at http://kplu.org Army: Soldier, Wife Laughed about Killing Charges Judge: Prosecutors Can Remain on Bales Case http://kplu.org/post/judge-prosecutors-can-remain-bales-case <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">A military judge says a team of Army prosecutors can remain on the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales for his sentencing next week, even after they read documents they weren't supposed to.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Bales pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids last year.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:22:54 +0000 Gene Johnson 9631 at http://kplu.org Judge: Prosecutors Can Remain on Bales Case Convicted JBLM Soldier's Lawyers Want Prosecutors Off Case http://kplu.org/post/convicted-jblm-soldiers-lawyers-want-prosecutors-case <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Lawyers for the American soldier convicted of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids last year want the entire prosecution team removed from the case before his sentencing, which is scheduled for this month.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:44:26 +0000 The Associated Press 9546 at http://kplu.org Convicted JBLM Soldier's Lawyers Want Prosecutors Off Case Military death penalty cases are rare http://kplu.org/post/military-death-penalty-cases-are-rare <p></p><p>The Army has announced it will seek the death penalty against Joint Base Lewis McChord soldier Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.</p><p>Currently, there are 8 men awaiting execution on military death row in Leavenworth, Kansas. Some have been there for decades.</p><p>Washington District Court Judge Jack Nevin, of Tacoma, is a retired Brigadier General who was Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals. He also teaches a class on military law at Seattle University Law School.</p><p>KPLU Law and Justice Reporter Paula Wissel interviewed Nevin about the differences between&nbsp; military and civilian death penalty cases.</p><p>(Click on listen button above to hear the radio interview.) Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:47:15 +0000 Paula Wissel 7434 at http://kplu.org Military death penalty cases are rare