September 29, 2007

"Baiting Sniper" Found Not Guilty of Murder

Via a MNF-I press release:

A military panel found Sgt. Jorge Sandoval from Laredo, Texas, not guilty of murder Sept. 28.

Sandoval was found not guilty of murdering an unknown male April
27. He was also found not guilty of murdering an unknown male May 11;
placing an AK-47 rifle on the body and failing to ensure humane
treatment of the victim while he was being detained.

Sandoval was found guilty of placing command wire on the body of
the male victim on April 27.

The military panel will reconvene Sept. 29 for Sandoval's
sentencing. He can face between six months to five years in prison.

Some background here.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 29, 2007 08:29 AM

...and the usual lefty suspects are silent.

You'd think they'd be busy claiming that the trial was fixed by ChimpyBushHitler and his cronies.

Posted by: C-C-G at September 29, 2007 07:50 PM

"command wire"? from an official press release.

Posted by: PETN Sandwich at September 30, 2007 01:18 AM

I'm not a military expert, but I suspect that "command wire" refers to the type wire used to detonate a bomb or IED. Probably copper with a plastic sheath, as opposed to a bare wire of some sort.

Posted by: C-C-G at September 30, 2007 10:09 AM

Duh... I meant type of wire.

That's what I get for typing before having my morning caffeine.

Posted by: C-C-G at September 30, 2007 10:10 AM

Yeah, a military reader or writer would have just know that this means a wire used in a "command-detonated" explosive. Most likely, the term is really an elision of "command detonated explosive command wire" which is rather long and awkward.

So the MNF-I press release writer probably didn't realise that the elision would sound peculiar, and went with it because the whole phrase sounds peculiar too!

It's interesting to see how little play these acquittals and dismissals get in the MSM. For instance, the NYT had Paul von Zielbauer, their "American troops committing atrocities" specialist, in Fayetteville for the Staffel/Anderson hearings, but when the two SFers were exonerated, they pulled him back and he didn't write a word.

All the news that fits the narrative, we print. That tells you all you need to know when you see von Zielbauer's byline from here on out.

Posted by: Kevin R.C. 'Hognose' O'Brien at October 2, 2007 02:26 PM