Articles Tagged with child

The downloading of CP?

This local story from Virginia, which is headlined "Navy officer gets 40 months for child porn," reflects recent debates over both the federal child porn sentencing guidelines and showing leniency for those who served our country in the military.  Here are the details:

A Navy lieutenant commander who served in Iraq with an elite Riverine unit was sentenced today to 40 months in prison after admitting he downloaded child pornography. John J. Hall blamed his actions in part on post traumatic stress disorder, a claim that the judge in the case took into account in granting leniency.

How far should members of congress or the President, or anyone, get involved in how to prosecute Major Hasan for his acts at Fort Hood.  Certainly the victims are entitled to be involved and are required to be through the Department of Defense Victim-Witness Assistance Program.  The program does not give politicians or government officials a right to be involved.

Risch Urges Additional Murder Charge in Fort Hood Slayings

This article reports that at least two Congress people are getting involved seeking to influence the prosecution of Major Hasan.  Are they creating fodder for various defense motions, making the prosecutions job a political one, or just plain bad form.  The talk is about Article 119a, UCMJ, a product of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), which is an outgrowth of special interests who convinced Congress in 2004 that a fetus is a child.  It’s a political issue, it was a political hot-potato then, and potentially still is, albeit there is a statute in place.  I guess we should see what other pressures and special interests can get on board to help the prosecutors out, and possibly the defense in the process – I’m sure both sides will be happy for the extra help.

A number of groups are unhappy that Major Hasan has not been charged under Article 119a, UCMJ, yet for his killing of a pregnant mother and her fetus at Fort Hood.  (See e.g. Pro-Life Group Asks Military to Charge Hasan)  So far his court-martial charges are all the 118’s.  One of the other issues that’s been discussed with Major Hasan is whether he tried to avoid going to deployment or asked to be discharged.  Elsewhere, reports:

U.S. Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother, is being threatened with a military court-martial if she does not agree to deploy to Afghanistan, despite having been told she would be granted extra time to find someone to care for her 11-month-old son while she is overseas.
Hutchinson, of Oakland, California, is currently being confined at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, Georgia, after being arrested. Her son was placed into a county foster care system.

So, how hard is it to avoid deployment without going AWOL?

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