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Kreutzer attorneys challenge military death penalty's

Post  Jennie on Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:08 pm

....fairness

Defense lawyers for William Kreutzer have questioned the fairness of leveling the death penalty at their client in a military court. The arguments came this morning during an Article 39A pretrial hearing held on Fort Bragg.

Kreutzer was sentenced to death for 1 count of murder and 18 counts of attempted murder stemming from a 1995 shooting at Towle Stadium of members of the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. The conviction was set aside in 2005 by a judge who ruled Kreutzerís attorneys were ineffective.

The case is awaiting retrial.

Kreutzer's lawyers contend that their client would have more legal protections in civilian court than in a military court. For example, the lawyers say, in civilian court lawyers must show they are qualified to handle death penalty cases. That is not the case in military hearings.

The judge, Col. Patrick Parrish, had not issued a ruling at midday.

Earlier, Kreutzer's lawyers asked Col. Parrish to recuse himself from the case over his ties to Fort Bragg. Patrick declined.

(source: Fayetteville Observer)
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