I don't know why it is so hard for people to believe that one guy did this.
It's certainly not unfair to Bales. You heard his defense lawyer - there's no evidence for his prosecution!
Because he'd totally get a fair trial in Afghanistan.
The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan left for war without paying a $1.5 million judgment for defrauding an elderly client in a stock scheme, and remains shielded from the obligation as long as he remains in the military, legal experts said.
Before beginning his military career in November, 2001, Robert Bales worked almost five-and-a-half years at a series of largely intertwined brokerages that received repeated regulatory censures, according to regulatory records.
Bales joined the Army 18 months after an Ohio investor filed an arbitration complaint alleging unauthorized trading, breach of contract and other abuses against him, his securities firm and the firm's owner. In 2003, the arbitration panel ordered them to pay the investor $1.2 million, including $637,000 in punitive damages for willful or malicious conduct and $216,500 in attorneys' fees.
Even if Bales's victim had pressed the claim, Bales had protection under laws that shield members of the military from some financial obligations.
His service in Afghanistan was complicated by mounting financial pressures back home, his lawyer has acknowledged. His home in Washington state had been listed for sale shortly before the alleged massacre.
It is so much like Vietnam that it boggles the mind.
obowanwasabi: Yes, they are ass backward. No, they don't know how to mete out justice. No, they haven't formed a civil society. Would you want to live there?
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