Well, where the hell was I last week? I missed the news that the former SGT Hasan Akbar has been sentenced to death. I await the final decision from the convening authority.

One account said the sentence could be reduced “in whole or in part” by the convening authority. I realize that is a phrase of the art when it comes to military justice, but in this case it sounds a bit odd. One can’t reduce a death sentence in part, can one? Do they just sentence your head and neck to die? Or perhaps an arm and a leg? The idea of reducing a death sentence in part strikes me as bizarre.


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