Afghan Massacre Suspect Had Brain Injury: Lawyer
Lawyers ready 'mental health defense' for Robert Bales
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 2:18 AM CST
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.   (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File)

(Newser) – Before allegedly launching a shooting spree against Afghan villagers, US Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, his lawyer said at a hearing yesterday. Bales' defense team said it was readying a "mental health defense" in the massacre case; lawyer John Henry Browne says he has government documents confirming the diagnosis, which came before the deployment in question.

The military judge called for a "sanity board" of doctors to review Bales' health. The defense hasn't yet entered a plea, thereby keeping options open for new motions. Browne, a civilian, said it would take at least a year and a half for him to formulate his case. A fair trial, he told reporters, is unlikely unless "we slow this thing down," Reuters reports. He also noted that two potential witnesses for the prosecution had been killed by US-led troops after it emerged that they were insurgents. Bales faces 16 murder charges, among other charges.

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Jan 21, 2013 1:32 AM CST
To anyone who commends this piece of shit for serving our country, you are just as worthless. Have your mothers and daughters viciously murdered and let's see how much praise you give the man who took their lives! This man can plead insanity, he can plead whatever he chooses to lesson the charges against him but if the United States pardons this killer, I will never feel proud of my country if they allow this type of scum to represent our troops or our country. He doesn't deserve to breathe another day.
Jan 19, 2013 3:03 AM CST
He should have had more magazines... You democrats and liberals need more lead in your diet....
Jan 18, 2013 5:56 PM CST
If Sgt. Bales records so indicate, he should receive any and all medical and psychiatric treatments to alleviate these conditions and/or injuries to enable him to live as near a "normal" life as possible. Sgt. Bales: Thank you for your service to our country. I wish you the best in the days to come.