War Crimes Investigation Ensnared Families Of Stryker Kill Team

Dead: Afghans are tied to a post in one of the many images published by Rolling Stone from the ‘Kill Team’. Daily Mail

 

‘Kill Team’ Trials Tested Families; Debts Added Up — News Tribune

At least the waiting is over. That’s small consolation for friends and family of 12 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldiers who spent much of the past two years ensnared in a sprawling war crimes investigation.

At least the waiting is over.

That’s small consolation for friends and family of 12 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldiers who spent much of the past two years ensnared in a sprawling war crimes investigation.

The trials tested families in ways they couldn’t have imagined when their sons and husbands enlisted in the Army. Some couples broke apart. Others came away intact, but found themselves thousands of dollars in debt from legal fees.

“Oh God, this isn’t what happens to us, this is what happens in movies,” Sara Bram, 25, remembered thinking as the trials unfolded and gained international attention.

Her husband, Staff Sgt. David Bram, is serving a five-year sentence for assaulting a subordinate and posing for a photo with a dead Afghan.

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My Comment: Welcome to our justice system. The results of a criminal trial usually brings justice …. but …. one consequence of a conviction is that while the accused will be punished, the families of those who are convicted will have to experience the punishment also …. even though it is not in a jail.

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