JAG-ged Edge
Trial Defense Services (TDS) Deployed
By: Andrew Efaw

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Monday, 31-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Iraqi Elections

Yesterday I woke up and ate breakfast while watching CNN World with thier pool of reporters scattered across Iraq. They were without exception breathlessly predicting great violence. They were hunkered down using only remote cameras at the time. They were like sharks trolling for blood in the water. It was really pathetic. I am pleased to say that--though there was some violence-- the elections were successful, and for the average soldier, it was just another day in Iraq. The turnout was actually larger than was expected. I hope that indicates to average American out there that the insurgents do not have a chokehold on the country.

Today was my last C-M of the term and my fourth in 5 days. The case involved a young soldier that essentially embezzled $6k from the Army finance office where he was employed. He hid the money in ceiling tiles above his head and even changed some of the bills into smaller more portable denominations. He was exposed to 10 years, but we were able to negotiate a 12 month deal. There were only three witnesses and the case only lasted about 4 hours--short even for a guilty plea. He received a 7 month sentence.

I have a few loose ends to tie up down here. Then later this week I fly to Tikrit. The MJ said to tell everyone back home that my next trial will be tried in one of Saddam's palaces.


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