UNDATED (AP) - Iraqis are outraged that an ex-soldier from Midland, Texas, has been spared the death penalty in the rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murder of her and her family.
A life sentence for former Pfc. Steven Dale Green was automatic after a federal jury in Paducah, Ky., failed to agree on a death sentence.
The father of the 24-year-old former soldier, John Green, called the sentence the "better of two bad choices."
But Baghdad schoolteacher Haidar Kadom (HYE'-dahr kah-DAHM')
called it "a mockery of Iraqi rights." He says that if an Iraqi had been convicted of raping and killing a female American soldier, "he would be regarded as a terrorist and would be sentenced to death."
Tariq Dawood asked: "Has Iraqi blood and honor become so cheap,
where a family can be murdered and a daughter raped and killed, and
the verdict is life imprisonment?"