The American Vision: Soldier Wrongfully Accused, Convicted & Imprisoned – With Guests Anna Lorance, mother of Clint Lorance & Lt. Col. John Maher, Attorney
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First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, an American Paratrooper, who has been convicted of murder has requested a civilian court to toss out a military conviction. Attorneys for the former officer, who was convicted by a military court-martial of two murders, and an attempted murder, after proactively thwarting an attempted ambush against his unit in Afghanistan on July 2, 2012, have asked a Kansas federal district court to toss out the conviction.
Attacked in the “Heart of Darkness”
In 2012, Clint Lorance and his infantry platoon of paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, was operating in Zhari, Afghanistan, also known as the infamous “Heart of Darkness.” It is where the Taliban, an Islamist terror organization, was established, and where American Soldiers frequently come under attack. In the months preceding and following the ambush on Lorance’s platoon, March to August of 2012, sixteen U.S. Soldiers were Killed in Action and dozens more were Wounded in Action. One of them was Lorance’s predecessor who was medically evacuated from the battlefield with severe wounds to his eyes, face, and abdomen.
While on patrol with his paratroopers, on July 2, 2012, a member of Lorance’s platoon saw a fast-approaching motorcycle with three riders nearing the patrol. He correctly identified them as a threat and consistent with the Rules of Engagement (ROEs), opened fire on the riders, but missed.
Only A Split-second Decision to Save His Men!
Lorance, in a split-second decision, ordered another member of his platoon, who was manning an automatic weapon with a better vantage point, to engage the threat. Two of the riders were killed, and the third escaped.
Immediately, following this incident, his platoon engaged and repelled other Taliban fighters who were maneuvering toward the patrol. An official U.S. Army report, which was not introduced at the court martial, stated the patrol was being scouted for “an impending ambush/attack.”
When the assault settled down enough for Lorance and his men to conduct a Battle Damage Assessment (BDA), the Taliban removed The motorcycle along with other weapons, radios, detonators, etc. All that remained were two dead unarmed Afghan men. A hasty determination was made that Lorance’s platoon had killed “civilians.”
Political Pressure Conquered Objective Scrutiny
This situation should have received objective scrutiny however, the presumption of guilt was overwhelming due to its occurrence during a period of deepening public concern and political pressure caused by a sequence of unrelated but troubling events. In the months leading up to this event, Americans conducted a Koran burning, a video was released of U.S. Marines urinating on dead terrorists, and, most troubling, there had been the report of a U.S. Soldier killing 16 Afghans, including women and children. Each of these events, along with Lorance’s engagement, occurred amidst tense negotiations between the United States and Afghanistan on the terms of the long-term American presence in the country.
Despite Lorance asserting he ordered his paratrooper to fire to protect his Soldiers, the Army charged Lorance with changing the ROEs on his own, murder and attempted murder of “civilians.”
A Soldier Both Acquitted and Convicted
Lorance was acquitted of changing the ROEs but convicted of murder and attempted murder of the “civilians.” He is now serving a 19-year sentence in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has exhausted his military appeals and now seeks relief with the civilian federal courts. In a 74-page petition for writ of habeas corpus filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Lorance’s attorneys argue that the conviction and sentence should be thrown out.
Prosecutor’s Cited for Misconduct
The suit cites misconduct on the part of the prosecutors, missteps, lack of preparation on the part of Lorance’s trial attorneys, and an appeals process facilitated by military officials whose efforts to uphold the conviction at all costs resulted in Lorance’s appeal process being biased and unfair, to the point that it deprived him of his Constitutional Due Process Rights.
In the petition, Lorance’s attorneys explain that the prosecutors failed to turn over DNA and fingerprint evidence that identifies the motorcycle riders as enemy combatants, i.e., known bomb-makers, rather than “civilian casualties.”
The petition also details public comments made by the Chief Judge of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, while Lorance’s case was still being reviewed, in which he accuses Lorance of giving his Solders false information about what the ROEs actually were, despite Lorance being acquitted of that offense.
The petition also describes similar comments made to a member of U.S. Congress by The Judge Advocate General, a three-star general who was the Army’s top lawyer. The petition describes an entire process geared toward creating the public impression of an Army that takes a hard line against Soldiers whose actions in combat result in civilian casualties, but meanwhile sacrifices principles of due process, fundamental fairness, and common sense, resulting in a Soldier convicted of murder for doing nothing more than protecting his troops in combat.
Anna Lorance, mother of Clint Lorance and Lt. Col. John Maher, Attorney
A copy of the petition is a matter of public record and is available at the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Topeka Division. Lorance is represented by: John N. Maher, of Maher Legal Services PC, Chicago, Illinois; and by Christopher Joseph and Diane Bellquist, of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, Topeka, Kansas. Questions regarding the filing may be directed to Lorance’s lead counsel, John N. Maher (phone: (708) 468-8155 / email: email@example.com).
United American Patriots
Clint Lorance has received overwhelming public support for this and other efforts to secure his release, led in large part by United American Patriots (UAP), a non-profit organization which generates public awareness, funds legal representation, and provides reintegration support for America’s Warriors. More information about UAP can be found at www.uap.org.
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