Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Response to wee-hours capital sentences in Nigerian court-martial

Not surprisingly, there has been a great deal of discussion in Nigeria about the recent court-martial that sentenced 12 soldiers to death. Reactions are surveyed in this article from The Nigerian Tribune. The members began deliberations on the sentence at 12:30 a.m. and announced the sentence at 2:35 a.m. Court adjourned at 3:30 a.m. Comparative law note: it is surprisingly common in United States military justice practice for court to run very late. Still, this seems indefensible.

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