On Friday Seattle Weekly's Rick Anderson posted to Daily Weekly about the announcement out of Joint Base Lewis McChord that Sgt. John Russell, accused of murdering five fellow service members in Iraq two years ago, was officially charged with the massacre and will face the death penalty if convicted at court-martial.
As Anderson's post noted, the announcement came despite a judge's earlier recommendation that Russell not face execution because he is mentally ill.
The post inspired commenter Menace2society to chime in:
A judge agrees that the sgt. was clearly out of his mind when he killed his fellow soldiers/sailor. Why is the Army pushing back on that? A show trial? You wonder if there'd even be need for a courts-martial if it wasn't coming between the Kill Team trials and the Bales trial. The Army is sending a message rather than practicing justice, it seems.