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Habeas Petition for Soldier Convicted of Killing 16

Updated: Jun 27, 2019

On June 24, 2019, Maher Legal Services, along with Joseph, Hollander & Craft of Topeka, Kansas, filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus on behalf of Sergeant Robert Bales, presently confined at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


Bales is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for killing 16 Afghans in March 2012. Bales was on his fourth combat deployment at the time. In the petition, we assert that the prosecution failed to disclose and the military courts failed to address evidence that Bales suffered from an idiosyncratic psychotic reaction to the malaria drug mefloquine at the time.


We also assert that the prosecution failed to disclose that some of its sentencing witnesses were known bomb-makers, whose identity the prosecution concealed to fly them to the United States for trial.


Read the petition here.


Click here to read the Army Times article and see a more thorough explanation of the case, including testimony from a mefloquine expert, Dr. Remington Nevin.


Click here to read Dr. Remington Nevin's Declaration on Mefloquine



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