Former 1LT Clint Lorance needs your support for his petition to right a wrong in military justice.Pt. 7
A full list of related links, including a link to the petition, is at the end of this article.
After 1LT Clint Lorance (US Army) was court martialed for approving engagement in a war zone with men on a motorcycle who appeared to be hostile, he awaits word on his appeal for clemency.
Meanwhile supporters have established a petition at change.org in hopes of raising awareness about his case. That awareness, if public support is strong enough, may make a big difference for a soldier who was severely penalized for doing his duty as he understood it in July, 2012, in Afghanistan.
Should Lorance’s appeal for clemency fail, he will be subject to a costly, extended appeals process if he hopes to get his life back.
Lorance’s supporters have posted the clemency documents on his official site at Free Clint Lorance. Lorance’s attorney said the record of trial contained at least 8 “prejudicial legal errors.” Among those errors was the refusal of the court to inform jury panel members that some key prosecution witnesses had immunity from potential charges. Another startling omission involved not introducing information about justification for Lorance’s orders that day.
Notable reasonable doubt was completely ignored by the jury panel.
Lorance did not fire his own weapon—he approved his men firing theirs. He took responsibility for the decision and for what happened that day. The court did not learn the names of the alleged deceased men, their nationalities, or their reasons for approaching US and Afghan troops on a motorcycle like those the enemy favored. Lorance could not see the men; he relied on information given him by others about the mens’ approach and their refusal to stop when ordered.
Thus far, Lorance’s case has drawn 26,779 signatures on the petition. Many more are needed. Please help this soldier who became entangled in international politics simply because he gave an order in the belief he was protecting his men and himself that day. Lorance’s orders were within the Rules of Engagement. The jury panel made a judgment call based on incomplete testimonies and legal errors.
Lorance had served more than 10 years in the Army, having enlisted on his 18th birthday. His record was exemplary.
Day on the Day will continue to advocate for Lorance’s freedom.
Featured Photo: Snip from petition on behalf of Clint Lorance [change.org/p/us-army-lt-sentenced-to-20-years-charged-with-murder-for-protecting-his-men-from-taliban]
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 6, 2014)
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION at Change.org!
Facebook page for Clint Lorance
Official website for Clint Lorance
Previous stories in series on Clint Lorance
Criminal justice advocacy needed for veterans (Pt. 6)
After controversial trial, soldier’s fate rests… (Pt. 5)
Confusion at heart of Lorance case… (Pt. 4)
Government secret: Witnesses had immunity (Pt. 3)
Political prisoner Clint Lorance… (Pt. 2)
Dilemma facing boots on the ground (Pt. 1)