And he got it ...
Link to article
from SWJ Blog thread.
Ex-contractor given probation in slaying of Afghan
By MATTHEW BARAKAT – 2 hours ago
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former military contractor was sentenced Friday to probation for shooting and killing a handcuffed prisoner in Afghanistan.
Loyd's family has been among Ayala's strongest supporters. Loyd's mother, Patricia Ward, noted in a letter to the judge that several of Loyd's friends offered to serve Ayala's time for him.
"His reaction was perfectly normal in my mind," wrote Ward, who said that she likely would have done the same thing.
Ayala's lawyers said his experience, rather than steeling him to keep his emotions in check, left him with latent combat stress that reared up as he dealt with the emotions and adrenaline of the attack on Loyd and the struggle to subdue Salam. At one point in the struggle Salam had grabbed the barrel of a soldier's rifle.
"Without knowing it, Mr. Ayala was vulnerable to errors in judgment under combat conditions" because of the accumulated combat-related stress, wrote federal public defender Michael Nachmanoff.
Same defense argument as in Anatomy of a Murder - with similar result. No complaint from this lawyer (see Slap's post #20 & JMM's #35 in this thread).
When I quit learning, I'll be dead.
Crabtree's Bludgeon (updated) - No set of mutually inconsistent observations can exist for which some human intellect cannot conceive a coherent explanation, however complicated and implausible - credits: R.V. Jones & Hayden Peake.