CAAFLog has this case among the Top-10 for 2009.
Vicki Behenna has 10 minutes to plead her son’s case.
Where does she begin?
In the last few months, she has developed hours of arguments about why U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna was wrongly convicted of killing a suspected terrorist in Iraq in 2008, why his 20-year sentence for unpremeditated murder was too severe compared to other sentences for the same offense and why the military rules for detaining suspected terrorists make no sense in a combat zone.
She will have to condense all that into a matter of minutes when she appears Thursday before the Army Clemency and Parole Board in Arlington, Va.
Having done hearings at the Army Clemency & Parole Board I am not sure that the Board will hold her exactly to the ten minutes. True, such presentations need to be clear, concise, and tailored. But in my experience the board members, including Mr. Vick from time to time will have pertinent questions. And there will be some leeway to make sure a point is made and understood.