Monday, January 2, 2023

The case of the Carabinero forger

A member of the Carabineros de Chile was called upon to serve a copy of a Labor Court decision. Unable to find the person to be served, he forged the person's signature on the receipt. Held, by the Supreme Court of Chile, the part of the sentence that provided for discharge from the Carabineros and a permanent bar to reenlistment was excessive. In addition, the offense was civilian in character, so it was inappropriate to impose the peculiarly military additional punishment of a discharge. The court's decision can be found here.

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