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Military Punishments


The article pertains to the shooting in Fort Hood and how punishment is handled in a military court.  Only 15 people have received the death sentence in the past 25 years.  In order for someone to receive the death sentence the jury’s vote has to be unanimous and in order to receive a life sentence in jail the ¾ of the jury must agree.  The president himself has to approve before anyone in military court is put to death.  These facts are disturbing considering the horrible crimes some military members are committing.  Just because someone is a member of the military does not mean they should not be held accountable for their actions.  This is almost a reason for someone to join the military because they will not be punished for doing wrong.  Yes I think that people serving our country should receive many benefits for their courageous duties but I feel that they deserve to be treated at as any other civilian when it comes to being found guilty of a serious crime.

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