Kandahar Mass Murder Plea Bargain Sentencing Hearing, As Tweeted: The Defense

This is a record of the second of two evidence hearings in the court-martial of former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales for war crimes in Afghanistan. For context, please see my introduction to this 7-part Storify, linked just below. I recommend viewing this in /slideshow format. -January, 2014


  1. Storify Introduction (Slideshow links: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

  2. Wednesday, August 21, 2013, continued (the defense begins)

  3. After questioning the last two (of nine) Afghan witnesses, for about 45 minutes at the beginning of the second day of sentencing testimony, and then three U.S. military witnesses from about 9:00 to 11:00 AM PT (the last of whom, Colonel Todd R. Wood, was the only prosecution witness cross-examined by the defense), the prosecution rested. After a brief recess, at about 11:30 AM PT the defense called an older brother of SSG Robert Bales as their first mitigation witness: