Friday, April 01, 2005

US Army, Capt. Maynulet, and mercy killing

The Army convicted Chicago's Capt Maynulet of mercy killing yesterday. Don't play God in the Army.
No details of the mission have been released, but it has been reported that the company was told radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who led uprisings against U.S.-led forces in Iraq last year, was believed to be in the car with a driver.

The company chased the vehicle and fired at it. A passenger who was slightly wounded fled and was later apprehended.

The driver was dragged from the car with serious head injuries and pronounced untreatable by Maynulet's medic.

Maynulet, who has been lauded by his peers as a promising officer, outstanding leader and dedicated soldier, then shot the driver. The killing was filmed by a U.S. drone surveillance aircraft.

''I hope you can take into consideration my service, my attitude and my love for the Army before you make a decision,'' Maynulet told the jury.

In closing arguments Thursday, prosecutor Maj. John Rothwell said Maynulet ''played God'' when he shot the driver, whom the U.S. military has referred to only as an ''unidentified paramilitary member.'' - Chicago Sun Times, April 1, 2005

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