It is my act, my hand, my heart: I beseech your lordships to be merciful to a broken reed.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), English philosopher
It seems to me on the surface that the military judge that abruptly tossed out a guilty plea and declared a mistrial in the court-martial of Pfc. Lynndie R. England, may have done the right thing.
England does not sound like the sharpest tool in the shed, which is no excuse, but try to be the one to tell pumped up soldiers not to mistreat enemy combatants. I am not saying for even one second, that she should not be punished, but maybe her punishment she be along the lines of reading and community service, so that she is not just punished, but she learns something out of the process. Maybe gain knowledge to pass along to her newborn child.
The judge, Col. James Pohl, dismissed the jury in the sentencing phase of her case and sent the year-old matter back to a lieutenant general who will weigh a range of options, including starting over or dismissing the case.
I find myself feeling very sympathetic toward England in this case.