Military Law

Seattle Lawyer John Henry Browne Says He Plans to Defend US Staff Sgt. Accused in 16 Afghan Slayings


A well-known Seattle criminal defense lawyer, John Henry Browne, says he has been retained by a U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan, the News-Tribune reports.

The unidentified 38-year-old staff sergeant is “from here, and he knows who I am,” said Browne. His new client, not yet criminally charged, is expected to face some kind of military review in a case the lawyer calls “more political than legal.” It appears that Browne may participate in the defense along with a military lawyer who has been appointed to defend the suspect.

Among the high-profile clients Browne has previously represented are the so-called Barefoot Bandit, Colton Harris-Moore, and, decades ago, notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.

The Associated Press, KING and the Seattle Times also have stories.

Additional and related coverage:

New York Times: “Suspect in Afghan Deaths Flown to Kuwait as Evidence Arises That He Acted Alone”

Seattle Times (1998): “For The Defense—Bundy, Ng, Pang And An Eagle Scout: Attorney John Henry Browne Has Defended Them All With His Own Peculiar Style”

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