JUSTICE DEFERRED: Army deploys soldiers accused of felonies, leaving victims, judges, to wait for court date

Seth Rippee had his jaw broken in two places when, he says, he was assaulted by Fort Carson staff sergeant Michael Cardenaz. Rippee sought to have the sergeant pay $15,000 in medical bills, but never got his day in court because Cardenaz deployed and was killed serving in Afghanistan. He was photographed in the courtroom at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Thursday, January 6, 2011.  Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE
Seth Rippee had his jaw broken in two places when, he says, he was assaulted by Fort Carson staff sergeant Michael Cardenaz. Rippee sought to have the sergeant pay $15,000 in medical bills, but never got his day in court because Cardenaz deployed and was killed serving in Afghanistan. He was photographed in the courtroom at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Thursday, January 6, 2011. Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE
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