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Echoes of War
By Brockton Hunter and Ryan Else
Part Two: Legal Strategies For Defending the Combat Veteran in Criminal Court
Editor’s Note: This article is the final part of a two-part series. Part One, which addressed the history of combat trauma and its ties to criminal behavior, appeared in the August 2013 issue of The Champion.
A combat veteran arrested and charged in the criminal justice system presents an irony absent from most other cases: a man or woman who was once willing to sacrifice his or her life and do violence to protect the United States and its system of government now faces violence, be it incarceration or execution, at the hands of that same government. Professor Youngjae Lee of Fordham University School of Law has argued that when veterans’ military service and resulting psychological damage lead to criminal activity, “the state’s standing to condemn their behavior is undermined because the state itself has caused the condition leading to the crimes.”1
Criminal defense attorneys are all
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