The Court Martial of Capt Semrau, Part II: Small Mercies

The coverage story on a recent issue of Macleans takes an in-depth look at what is currently known about the circumstances surrounding the murder trial of Captain Semrau. It is an interesting read and includes a brief look at several similar cases in the United States, all of them seemingly motivated by a sincere sense of mercy.

Even if what the prosecution alleges is true, it is difficult to see how a twenty-five year prison sentence is just. Serving even ten years (minimum time before eligible for parole) seems wrong. It seems that there are a few outlier cases where our current laws do not produce just results.

I’m curious to see the strategy of his defence.

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