Petition to Pardon U.S. Army Officer Tops 100,000, Awaits White House Response
The mother of a jailed former lieutenant was on “Hannity” tonight to discuss her son’s case.
Former 1st Lt. Clint Lorance is in jail for murder after he ordered his platoon to shoot three Afghan men who approached on motorcycles at a higher-than-usual speed. Two of the men were killed, and the third ran.
Military prosecutors say that Lorance violated the rules of engagement, but defense attorneys say he was just trying to defend his men and didn’t even fire a weapon.
Lorance’s verdict was upheld earlier this month, but his 20-year sentence was reduced by one year. A petition for a presidential pardon has reached the 100,000 signatures needed for a White House response.
Anna Lorance told Sean Hannity that her son was leading a platoon in a Taliban-heavy area, where many soldiers had been shot in recent weeks.
“I do feel that if he had not made that call that he made and gave permission to fire, I feel that my son today would be called a hero killed in action,” she said.
Retired U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell also weighed in, telling Hannity that this case haunts him because it could have been him.
“The benefit of the doubt in a combat situation should always go with the soldier on the ground that has the most intel,” he said. “And let me ask you a question here: how is what Clint Lorance did on the battlefield any different than how President Obama evaluates and executes his drone program? “
Hannity urged his viewers to add their names to the petition.
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