In 2007, U.S. Army Specialist Jorge G. Sandoval Jr. was charged with murder by the very government he had sworn to serve.
While deployed to the most dangerous area in Iraq known as the “Triangle of Death,” Sandoval, an airborne infantryman, and the elite sniper were instructed to “take the shot” and kill an enemy insurgent wearing civilian clothes. Two weeks later, Army Criminal Investigation Command descended upon Sandoval’s unit and began interrogating the soldiers, trying to link Sandoval and others to war crimes, including murder.
Captain Craig W. Drummond was the JAG military defense attorney assigned to Sandoval’s case. “The case blew up and was closely followed by reporters around the world. After all, a soldier is trained to follow orders, not ask questions or second-guess authority. I knew I needed to prove his innocence or risk other soldiers being tried and convicted for simply doing their job.”
His new book details the entire trial, from Sandoval’s dramatic arrest to testimonies from key witnesses to his ultimate acquittal and retention in the U.S. Army. The trial itself took place in a U.S. military compound on the outskirts of Baghdad during the height of U.S. military surge of troops into Iraq. The book brings the reader into the reality of modern warfare in a post-September 11th environment where the enemy does not always wear a uniform and if an event makes headlines military leaders are quick to point the blame on the lowest ranking soldiers regardless of the injustice. The fast-paced and detailed account of the investigation and trial testimony from elite Army snipers brings the reader into the courtroom and onto the battlefield of Iraq.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: CRAIG W. DRUMMOND received his undergraduate and a law degree from Drake University and served as a Captain and attorney in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. While deployed to Iraq, he led the defense team for Specialist Jorge G. Sandoval Jr. The case received major media coverage from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the international press. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in a combat zone. Now an attorney in private practice in Las Vegas at the Drummond Law Firm, this is his first book.
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