Saturday Night Special 11 PM EST
Join The Dame
Wife of Sgt.Michael Leahy
Upcoming 4 Part CNN Documentary to air Nov. 10th, 2009 at 10 PM EST
One of the “Leavenworth Ten”, as they are now called, Sgt. Leahy is a recipient of a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and 3 Army Commendations and held a distinguished record in the Army during his 6 years of service in the Middle East. As as result of a complicated series of events, Sgt. Leahy is now incarcerated at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas,
Leahy was initially sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty for 2007 killings near Baghdad. Mayo, who had pleaded guilty to premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder had received a 35-year sentence under a pretrial agreement.
“None of us really know what these soldiers face when they are over there, the stress and strain they are under,” Debbie Leahy, the soldier’s mother, told the Chicago Tribune. “I am not embarrassed by what my son did. He did what he believed he had to do to survive.”
In June of 2009, Sgts. Leahy and Mayo were granted clemency and received reduced prison terms in a ruling by of Brig. Gen. David R. Hogg.
The fact remains, however, that our troops and their families are in jeopardy in the complicated matrix that prevails in combat zones, political correctness and political expediency. Tonight’s “Kicking Back” will serve as a prologue to Monday Night’s “The Dame Truth” which features Sgt. Tim Harrington, USMC and Walter F. Fitzpatrick III, as they delve into some of the issues that lie at the heart of these tragic stories.
“It is within the power of writers and artists to do much more: to defeat the lie!” –Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn