Sergeant Robert Bales demonstrated behavior which can only be construed as evil when he twice left his base in Afghanistan to murder 17 innocent women and children. The issue now facing military authorities is whether his actions constituted an example of a mentally ill individual or whether he was a rational human being. The military will have Sgt. Bales examined by a medical group in order to identify if he was sane or mentally ill.
john Henry Browne, lawyer for Sgt.Bales, is upset because the medical examination does not allow a lawyer to be present during the process. He has advised his client to invoke 5th Amendment right not to testify against himself. Browne argues, “A member of the military does not give up his Constitutional rights by being in the military.”
Sorry, sir, yes you do. check the Military Code of Justice