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  •  NO! The "just following orders" defense didn't (1+ / 0-)
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    fly in Nuremburg, and it shouldn't apply to this former station chief either.

    •  Miggles - the in absentia trial in Italy that (0+ / 0-)

      convicted the CIA agents was kabuki theater solely for political purposes. How vigorous and expert a defense team do believe were present on behalf of Lady and the other CIA agents during the in absentia trial? There is a reason that the US does not have such trials and does not recognize them as valid.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 08:01:45 PM PDT

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      •  What is there to suggest that this was some (0+ / 0-)

        kangaroo trial or that rule of law was ignored?  Just because it didn't take place in the US doesn't mean it's invalid.  And the accused could have mounted a defense instead of ignoring the whole thing.  And even in the US, if one side doesn't show up in court, they lose.  That doesn't mean it was a kangaroo trial.

        •  Miggles -in the US we don't have serious criminal (0+ / 0-)

          trials without the defendant present. It's in the Constitution.

          You can get a judgement for monetary damages against a defendant who, after a lot of process, doesn't show up, but never someone accused of a serious crime.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 09:28:03 PM PDT

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