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Seattle defense attorney Browne to represent Afghanistan massacre suspect

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on March 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
March 15, 2012 12:25 pm

Seattle defense attorney John Henry Browne said today he’ll represent the Joint Base Lewis-McChord staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan.

Browne said he talked to the soldier over the phone early this morning and is making arrangements to meet with him soon, possibly in Kuwait.

“We’re making contingency arrangements right now,” said Browne, who was at the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma on a separate matter. “We don’t know where he’s going to be tried.”

The attorney said the staff sergeant, a married father who’s trained as a sniper, asked for him specifically during talks with military officials.

“He’s from here, and he knows who I am,”  said Browne, who has represented a number of high-profile clients in the past, most recently “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore.

The staff sergeant is currently being represented by a military attorney, Browne added.

He declined to divulge any more information about his client or his state of mind, saying he’s worried for the safety of the soldier and his family.

Browne said he was girding himself for a case he called “more political than legal.”


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