The U.S. Supreme Court has given the U.S. Justice Department an additional month to file a response to 1st Lt. Michael Behenna’s request for the justices to hear his case.
The Justice Department initially declined to respond to Behenna’s appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces decision to uphold his conviction for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. However, the high court asked the Justice Department to respond and gave a deadline of Feb. 27. On Wednesday, the court extended the time until March 29.
Behenna, who is serving a 15-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth, KS, for killing an Iraqi man in 2008, has a team of lawyers on his Supreme Court petition, including University of Oklahoma law professor and constitutional expert Joseph Thai.
Behenna last week lost his latest bid for clemency.