“Nine Soldiers Who Testified Against Him Were Granted Immunity” Says New York Times Article on 1Lt. Clint Lorance

nyt_logoThe following are excerpts from a February 24, 2015 article of the New York Times titled Jailed Ex-Army Officer Has Support, but Not From His Platoon by Dave Phillips:

 

“Nearly two dozen soldiers from an Army platoon were on patrol in a dangerous valley in southern Afghanistan when a motorcycle sped toward them, ignoring commands to stop.

As he tells it, First Lt. Clint Lorance, the platoon leader, ordered his men to fire just seconds before the motorcycle bore down on them that July day in 2012. But the Afghans were unarmed, and two died. The next year, Lieutenant Lorance was found guilty at a court-martial of second-degree murder, one of the few times an American soldier has been convicted of a crime for actions in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. He is serving a 19-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.”

 

1Lt. Clint Lorance

1Lt. Clint Lorance

“But the case is far from over. Mr. Lorance, who was dismissed from the Army, has become acause célèbre for conservative commentators, including Sean Hannity of Fox News, who say the Obama administration punished a soldier for trying to defend his troops. Three Republican representatives — Duncan Hunter of California, Matt Salmon of Arizona and Ryan Zinke of Montana — have asked the secretary of the Army to review the case. And more than 124,000 people have signed a petition to the White House demanding a pardon.”

 

“Mr. Lorance’s lawyers have cast doubt on the platoon members’ accounts, noting that the nine soldiers who testified against him were granted immunity. The lawyers also point to newly uncovered evidence suggesting that the men on the motorcycle may have had ties to enemy bomb makers — a detail that was not revealed to the defense before the trial.”

 

To read the article in its entirety, please click on the following link:  New York Times – Dave Phillips