Accused Army Sergeant First Class Walter Taylor with defense lawyer James Culp outside the Law Center, Bamberg, Germany, June 21, 2012. Photo credit: Stars & Stripes.
James Culp, the civilian defense counsel representing Army Sergeant First Class Walter Taylor, joined me Wednesday on Freedom Radio. In part, Culp said:
“If this impossible situation with this incredible NCO goes to court-martial, what is the outcome, what is the potential chilling affect on the soldiers on the battleground? … If this case goes forward to court martial, the government knows it will lose, they can not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Sergeant Taylor is guilty of a crime in this scenario.
“But, and more importantly, if it goes forward, I don’t think it really matters to the powers that be whether they win or lose because it’s not the conviction of Sergeant Taylor that perhaps they would be looking for, but rather, the chilling affect on the soldiers on the battleground. Because here is what they’re going to say, “If this impossible situation with this exceptional NCO results in a court-martial, then holy cow, then my situation certainly would because I am half the NCO Sergeant Taylor is and my facts aren’t nearly that complicated, so maybe I should wait and hesitate.” So, in my opinion, this entire situation is an exercise in forced hesitation by intimidation. That is, they’re intimidating the future soldiers on the ground who are going to be operating under the ROE to wait, and wait, and wait.”
An overstatement? Read the reports here, here, here, and here, or just listen to the full audio of the interview.
You will also hear Sergeant Ramon Oliveras join us a few minutes in. SGT Oliveras was with SFC Taylor during the July 21, 2011 ambush and ten days later when they were both wounded by an enemy-fired RPG.
God bless our troops. And God help our Nation if we do not end this legal fratricide upon our magnificent warriors.
SFC Walter Taylor legal defense fund information.