Behenna Given Extension to File Appeal with U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court has given 1st Lt. Michael Behenna an extension to file an appeal of his conviction of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. He will now have until Jan. 3, an extension from the Nov. 4 deadline.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the military’s highest appeals court, upheld the Edmond native’s conviction in July. A U.S. Army appeals court has also upheld the conviction. In 2008, Behenna shot and killed an Iraqi man he suspected of being a terrorist.
The attorney who filed for the extension was Jeffrey L. Fisher, with the Stanford Law School, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.
Houston attorney Jack Zimmerman, a specialist in military cases, handled Behenna’s 2009 court martial and his previous appeals.
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