Court-martial of SFC Walter Taylor would be: ‘about intimidating future soldiers on the battleground’

June 29, 2012

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.

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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.

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4 Responses to Court-martial of SFC Walter Taylor would be: ‘about intimidating future soldiers on the battleground’

  1. SGT RETIRED TONISHA MUSSELWHITE on July 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve known this man personallybc we were in the same company for oif 3. He is all about doing the right thing for him and his soldiers. A man his troops could come to with anything. He would go out of his way to take care of his soldiers.. I’m completely shocked by this madness. Plz help him continue to help others in combat!!

  2. Teresa Reeves on July 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

    My husband and I know SFC Taylor personally and are ectremely disappointed in our government more so at this moment than before. SFC Taylor is a very good man and soldier/NCO, he does not deserve to be treated like this by the very people/government he serves/defends. Our government needs to stop catering to other countries governments and take care of it’s own for a change. FREE SFC TAYLOR

    • Honest Conservative on July 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Teresa for that most important post. This is how we thank our best people? Shame on us.

  3. Matthew Vaughn on June 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    It dosnt seem like the government is here for us soldiers anymore. Seems more like the government is doing everything possible to put us out or put us in jail. Ive been serving in the Army for 4 years now and Im sick of having to watch my back fearing im doing something wrong. I fear the government more than the enemy.
    God help the troops

    SPC. Vaughn

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