The Iraq Incident

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Plea Bargain: Against

In a January 26th issue of the Washington Post, It brings to light some of the issues that plea bargaining has. The Article titled, Iraq will take legal action to ensure justice for civilians killed in US raid, official says, talks mainly about the killing of 24 civilians in a United States Marine Corps raid. While, yes, there is collateral damage in war, this Marine squad was on a killing spree but the leader is no longer going to be even jail time for this atrocity. What this shows about plea bargains is, first that they don't provide justice. Second that people view them as an easy way out, and lastly that people are becoming less afraid of committing theses crimes as seen in the Iraq slaughter. 


                         Associated Press, Published: January            26

My main issue withe plea bargaining, in view of recent events, is that people are not being punished for their actions. 24 people were killed!!! In the US we call that manslaughter, but what is not being emphasized is that the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, is no longer going to be receiving jail time for allowing his troops to kill innocent civilians. Even the government of Iraq was outraged when they heard the news, and now want to prosecute the squad in Iraq. If a US implemented policy regarding legal action of a mass murder results in a plea deal of now jail time justice is being violated. We cant allow that happen as leaders in the world of justice, and this is a major flaw in the US legal system and should be abolished. 


  1. I understand that sometimes plea bargains can be abused. Sometimes people get away from crimes then a smaller punishment than they should get. Although you need to understand that the people fighting are trying to protect their country they have no intention for hurting anyone that didn’t deserve to be hurt. They are ordered to do what they are told. The only person I think should have been punished was the general. Yes it is not right that they did not get a long jail time for killing innocent people and are not getting a huge punishment.

  2. In this article you discussed the story of an incident in Iraq where a group of US soldiers killed 24 civilians and how there is essentially no punishment being issued. I agree that there should be at least some form of punishment for this action, seeing as these people probably did not pose potentially great threats. Before deciding what should be done I personally would've wanted to know what the soldiers were thinking before and during this episode. I agree that plea bargains are helping, in some cases, people get an easy way out for atrocities. This was a very convincing article to me, but the grammar and flow seemed a little off at some points. An example is where you say that the Staff Sgt. is "no longer going to be receiving jail time". A much easier way of saying that could've been to say he will not be going to jail or something simpler. Good argument and keep up the good work!

    Nicole Holzer

  3. With a case such as this one, their calls for many questions.One being at what point did the marine squad realize that they were recklessly killing. Certainly 24 civilians is a staggering number, but war calls for causaulties on both sides. Unless these marines truly had the malintent of killing these 24 civilians, I wouldn't see the justification of giving the general a severe sentencing. Too many questions arise after reading this, and the article you posted originally was taken down. Can you post another link?

  4. The killing was intentional. When you look at the video of the killings online (Im not allowed to post it on the blog) they know that they were killing civillians. The only one who was is being punished right now is the squad leader, who gave the order to fire. All the other soldiers were doing was obeying an order. But there is a video online that shows them killing civillians and knowing full well that they are civillians.

  5. I had this post done earlier. I just had to edit the link