One of the marines filmed urinating on the body of a dead Afghan soldier has been court-martialled and sentenced. Staff Sergeant Joseph Chamblin's rank has been reduced, and he's been fined $500. He was also given 30 days in jail, but he won't serve the time because of a plea bargain.
The video "shocked the world" when it was released, according to the UK's TV station, the BBC.
The punishment suggests the army took the incident more seriously than some of our lawmakers and pundits. At the time, TX Gov. Rick Perry said "these kids made a mistake...They shouldn't have done it. It's bad. But to call it a criminal act, I think, is over the top." And conservative pundit Dana Loesch controversially proclaimed, "I'd drop trou' and do it too."