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  •  So LWOP becomes ADWOD (0+ / 0-)

    Active Duty Without Discharge.  Works for me.

    For every slam-dump murder case, there are a thousand that include some withheld evidence, nagging doubt or questionable police/prosecutor conduct.  One only has to watch  Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills to see how a vengeful and blood-thirsty town can rush to judgment, even condemning a teenager to death.

    BTW, I don't know about military justice but civilian courts don't allow a self-represented convict to appeal based on ineffective counsel, IIRC.

    Guns don't kill people but there's always one there at the time of death.

    by john07801 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:40:39 PM PDT

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    •  UCMJ appeals process is automatic (1+ / 0-)
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      and yes, it's probable that an appeal will reduce the sentence to life without parole.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:54:11 PM PDT

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      •  All death sentences are automatically appealed (0+ / 0-)

        regardless of criminal justice system.  

        My comment, however, dealt with defense appeals based on "ineffective assistance of counsel."  Perhaps you didn't read that part of my comment.

        Any reduction in sentence will come from a different theory of law, if so.

        Guns don't kill people but there's always one there at the time of death.

        by john07801 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:31:40 AM PDT

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        •  no, I think the problem is that he clearly didn't (0+ / 0-)

          present adequate evidence or witnesses in the penalty phase. He's trying to get a death sentence; his appointed attorneys attempted to intervene but he refused. The appeals will have at least two avenues in overturning a death penalty.

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:17:11 AM PDT

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