Soldier Accused in Killings Gets Barefoot Bandit Lawyer

John Henry Browne will take Afghan case; also defended Ted Bundy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2012 6:37 PM CDT
In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, attorney John Henry Browne appears in Island County Superior Court in Coupeville, Wash.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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(Newser) – We still don't know the name of the US soldier accused of killing 16 people in Afghanistan, but one of his attorneys certainly has a high profile. Seattle's John Henry Browne tells the News Tribune of Tacoma that he will assist military attorneys with the defense. Browne has defended a slew of big-name clients, most recently the Barefoot Bandit. Years ago, he represented serial killer Ted Bundy, notes AP.

He wouldn't divulge any information about the 38-year-old soldier, other than to say he's from the Tacoma area and sought out Browne via the military because of his reputation. “He’s from here, and he knows who I am,” Browne told the local newspaper, adding that the case is "more political than legal." One possible avenue of defense is the brain injury that the soldier suffered on a previous tour of duty.

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