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Former Green Beret pardoned for murder loses first round in fight to get his Special Forces tab back
The Army has denied a request by retired Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn restore his Special Forces tab, but the service's decision is not final, Army officials said Thursday.
It is now up to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records to determine whether Golsteyn's Special Forces tab and his Distinguished Service Cross should be reinstated, Army officials told Task & Purpose.
The Army risks raising the ire of President Donald Trump, who pardoned Golsteyn on Nov. 15, little more than three months before the former Green Beret was expected to stand trial for murder. Golsteyn has repeatedly admitted killing an unarmed Afghan man, whom he believed was a Taliban bomb-maker in 2010.
Clint Lorance, the convicted Army war criminal Trump released early, says he can't get a job at Walmart
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Former US Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, the officer who was convicted of murder for war crimes, said it was "impossible to find a job" at a Walmart or Target, despite being granted a full pardon by President Donald Trump.
Lorance was sentenced to 19 years in military prison after he was found guilty of second-degree murder by ordering his soldiers to shoot at three unarmed men on a motorcycle in Afghanistan in 2012. Two of the men were killed by machine gun fire and a third was wounded.
Former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, whom President Donald Trump recently pardoned of his 2013 murder conviction, claims he was nothing more than a pawn whom generals sacrificed for political expediency.
The infantry officer had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012. Two of the men were killed.
During a Monday interview on Fox & Friends, Lorance accused his superiors of betraying him.
"A service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock them down," Lorance said. "I think that's extremely important. Anybody who is not part of the senior Pentagon brass will tell you the same thing."
"I think folks that start putting stars on their collar — anybody that has got to be confirmed by the Senate for a promotion — they are no longer a soldier, they are a politician," he continued. "And so I think they lose some of their values — and they certainly lose a lot of their respect from their subordinates — when they do what they did to me, which was throw me under the bus."
A former U.S. Army lieutenant convicted of murdering two men in Afghanistan, and now imprisoned in Kansas, is asking a federal judge for a new trial.
During Clint Lorance's military trial, prosecutors characterized the victims as village elders. But Lorance and his legal team allege they were terrorist bomb makers — and that prosecutors withheld that evidence from the jury.
The 34-year-old was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in August 2013. He is serving a 19-year sentence at Leavenworth.
A Wisconsin Marine vet will receive a pardon 15 years after he broke a man's nose during a drunken argument
Eric Pizer is a father, a college graduate with an associate degree in criminal justice and a decorated Iraq War veteran who has always wanted to be a police officer.
But for the past almost 15 years, Pizer, 38, has also been a felon.
When Pizer was 23, two days after he got back from being deployed in Iraq, he tried to de-escalate a drunken argument between his friend and a jealous husband after a night of drinking in the town in Boscobel in southwestern Wisconsin. Pizer said he and his friends didn't know one of the women with whom they were hanging out was married.
After Pizer heard the husband say, "I'm going to … kill you," Pizer threw one punch and broke the man's nose, resulting in the substantial battery charge. He had no prior criminal record and hasn't committed any crimes since.
Pizer said it was a "knee-jerk reaction" and that he "didn't think about it, it just happened." He still regrets the moment and is deeply remorseful for the pain he caused.
Since then, Pizer has gotten forgiveness from the man he punched, but the felony has tainted others' view of his character, caused tension in his relationships, prevented him from starting a career and disallowed him from being able to carry a firearm, which he would need to fulfill his dream of becoming a law enforcement officer.
"I've always been who I am," said Pizer, of Edgerton. "And that felony is not who I am."
Former Army Special Forces Maj. Matthew Golsteyn will plead not guilty to a charge of murder for allegedly shooting an unarmed Afghan man whom a tribal leader had identified as a Taliban bomb maker, his attorney said.
Golsteyn will be arraigned on Thursday morning at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Phillip Stackhouse told Task & Purpose.
No date has been set for his trial yet, said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command.