Robert Bales

Robert Bales Sentencing
4:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Expert: Bales Massacre Won’t Go Down In History Like My Lai

High Desert Warrior. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 3:25 pm

The case of Sgt. Robert Bales – sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole - will be remembered in the villages of southern Afghanistan.

But according to a military justice expert at Yale Law School, this war crime won’t go down in the history books as others - like the My Lai massacre in Vietnam - have.

Eugene Fidell teaches the My Lai massacre in his military justice class at Yale Law. In March of 1968, a rogue company of soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed civilians – including women and children.

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Robert Bales Sentencing
4:29 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Afghan Massacre Survivors Take Stand At Bales Sentencing

High Desert Warrior. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 2:19 pm

A jury of six soldiers is hearing graphic testimony Tuesday afternoon at the start of the sentencing phase of the trial of a U.S. soldier who massacred Afghan villagers. The jury will decide whether Staff Sgt. Robert Bales deserves life in prison with or without the chance of parole.

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Sgt. Robert Bales
3:53 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Sgt. Robert Bales Pleads Guilty At JBLM To 16 Murders In Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Credit High Desert Warrior

A judge has accepted the guilty plea of a a soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians. The plea spares the life of the soldier based at Joint Base Lewis McChord. He still faces trial to determine if he'll ever be eligible for parole.

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Robert Bales
6:07 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Staff Sgt. Bales To Plead Guilty

Credit High Desert Warrior / Northwest News Network

Army staff sergeant Robert Bales will plead guilty next week to murdering 16 Afghan villagers in early morning raids last year. The plea allows the soldier from western Washington’s Joint-Base Lewis McCord to avoid the death penalty. John Henry Browne, an attorney for Bales, says his client will detail his own version of the crimes as part of the plea deal.

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Robert Bales Trial
4:13 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Government Prosecutors Want Speedy Trial For Soldier Accused In Massacre

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales' arraignment in a military court room south of Tacoma marked the start of a court martial that could potentially end in a death sentence.

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Robert Bales Pretrial Hearing
4:37 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Pretrial Hearing For Staff Sgt. Bales Concludes

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' wife Karilyn, middle, listens as her sister reads a family statement to reporters at the conclusion of the pretrial hearing.
Credit Austin Jenkins

A pretrial hearing for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has concluded at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Bales is the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year – most of them young children. The defense is focused on Bales’ state of mind.

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Army Hearing
6:27 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Afghan Survivors And Witnesses Testify At Army Hearing

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Credit Photo Credit: Maj. Brent Clemmer

Witnesses and survivors recounted a horrific scene following a massacre at two villages in Kandahar Province that killed 16 civilians and wounded 6. They testified via live video from Afghanistan during a pretrial hearing for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

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Robert Bales Pretrial
6:03 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Fourth Day Of Pretrial Hearings For Accused JBLM Soldier

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Credit Maj. Brent Clemmer

Friday is the fourth day of pretrial hearings for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, in March. The proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are also known as an Article 32 hearing. They will determine whether the case will advance to court-martial, where the government has stated it plans to seek the death penalty.

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Bales Hearing
6:56 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Army Prosecutors: Sgt. Bales Exhibited “Sheer Brutality”

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.
Credit Photo courtesy of Maj. Brent Clemmer

Army prosecutors say Staff Sgt. Robert Bales murdered 16 Afghan civilians in two villages this past March in an act of “sheer brutality.” That was the opening argument at a pretrial hearing Monday to determine if Bales will face a full court martial and possibly the death penalty. Correspondent Austin Jenkins was in court at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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Pretrial Hearing For Robert Bales
5:50 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Bales Hearing Underway

Prosecutors have made opening arguments in a hearing for the Washington soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan villagers earlier this year. The pretrial hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is expected to last several days.

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