Khadr sentenced to 40 years
8 years more served at most, under the plea bargain, though at that point he’d have been in custody for 16 years.
Others have covered this more than I have, but to me the initial charges were always absurd. He killed a soldier in a firefight in a country that the US invaded. The idea that doing so qualifies as murder is ridiculous, unless we also want to charge everyone who kills an invading soldier with murder? And, I suppose, charge every American soldier in Iraq (a clear case of aggressive war, illegal under the Geneva conventions and exactly what Americans hung Germans for at Nuremburg) with murder?
Kangaroo court justice, the victors punishing the losers, for “crimes” far more minor than those the victors have committed. Get back to me when George Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Colin Powell are in the dock, and we’ll talk.
(Aside: I added a new category, Justice, for this post. I did not put it under Law Enforcement, an already existing category, since the two seem to have less and less to do with each other, especially in the US. I should add, of course, that it’s not clear that Khadr did throw a grenade, though I don’t think that’s particularly relevant.)