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U.S. Army sergeant charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder

Published 03/23/2012, Associated Press

Charges filed Friday against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales reflect the horror of the crime: 17 counts of premeditated murder, more than half of them children, during a shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan. But while Afghans are calling for swift and severe punishment, it will likely be months, even years, before the public ever gets to see Bales in a courtroom.

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