5th Circ. Says Wartime Law Allows Colonel's Bribery Charges

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit said Thursday that the statute of limitations for Iraq War-related crimes was still suspended under a federal wartime law, upholding an indictment of a former lieutenant colonel on charges that he bribed Iraqi contractors.

The last of David C. Pfluger's crimes occurred in May 2004, according to the appeals court. In a published opinion, a three-judge panel was unpersuaded by Pfluger’s argument that the war in Iraq had ended May 1, 2003, when then-President George W. Bush proclaimed major combat operations in Iraq...
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