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  • How in the bloody blue hell did Poe get convicted of murder? His pregnant wife was threatened by a bunch of thugs in a bar parking lot. That should have been an open-and-shut case of self defense, military training or not.
    • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118880/faq
      • Which of course still leaves the question of why he was in a federal prison for what was basically a bar fight that got ugly, the feds would have no jurisdiction here, it's strictly as local matter and should have been in state court.
      • That IMDB FAQ raises another question of why the fuck did he plead guilty? Any lawyer advising him to plead guilty in that situation should be disbarred for incompetence.
      • Err, technically speaking, going for a self-defense claim requires pleading guilty — in that you are admitting, on the record, that you did indeed inflict X injuries on Y dudes over there. If the court then decides that your reason for inflicting those injuries was not sufficient to qualify as a valid self-defense claim, that kinda does leave you stuck holding the shitty end of the stick.
    • Biased anti-military judge, perhaps. His speech about how Poe is a "living weapon" and must be held to different standards than "normal" men certainly implies he has no love for soldiers.
    • Along with this, why did he go before a civilian court instead of a military one? Even if he had just gotten honorably discharged, he probably still would have been able to get an attorney through the Army.
    • Not sure about the second suggestion but I do know that in order to be sentenced federal prison you need to go to in front of a federal judge.
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