JAG OFFICERS AT FORT
How many times over the years have U.S. military members been busted or sent to prison on the basis of perjured testimony, prompted by promises of a "deal" from over-zealous prosecutors? Get out your calculator and start adding up the numbers. It's that bad.
Well, in the case of Army 2LT Erick Anderson of the 1st Bn., 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, chances are good he won't be "railroaded" into Leavenworth DB after all. Not after a soldier the JAG thought was playing ball with them pulled a big surprise.
Oh, to be "a bug on the wall" watching the expressions on the faces of the prosecution team as PVT Michael Williams testified at an Article 32 hearing at Fort Riley, Kan. that Anderson did not, repeat not, order the killing of an unarmed civilian in the northeastern section of Baghdad, Iraq in August 2004.
"Whoops!" is putting it mildly.
MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM would like to see the over-zealous prosecutors in this case put "on trial" instead of Lt. Anderson. They should be made to answer for any possible misconduct they may have engaged in to induce Williams to make what turned out to be a false accusation in the first place.
There's always room for plea-bargains. We're not criticizing this. But what do the hard-charging JAGS say now to the highly-respected combat veteran they tried to send to prison for the rest of his life? "Gee, we made a mistake? Sorry."
Fortunately for Anderson, the soldier came clean and admitted he lied. But what about all the others down through the years who have had their lives ruined and freedom denied by false accusations mouthed by prosecution witnesses who knew how to profit from perjury? Where is the "justice" for innocent people who've been framed?
Now, after more than a year under a terrible cloud, Lt. Anderson can start to put his life back together, we hope. But his faith in the "system" has to be shaken and he must realize his military service at the risk of his life meant little to those who regarded him as nothing more than another statistic on their politically-correct scoresheet.
If all the JAGS that have used illegal and unethical methods to get a conviction had to face real scrutiny, there might have to be a separate wing built onto the DB just to house them. There, the inmates would have to be kept away from the general population. For their own safety.