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May 2024
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Even the appearance of severity often included a private measure of leniency. In an open display of stern punishment, Tim Poirrot, the Marine deserter who surrendered on the floor of the 1972 Republican National Convention, was tried by general court-martial and sentenced to a year in prison. However, Poirrot had negotiated a maximum five-month sentence through a pretrial agreement. Out of the spotlight, the Marines reduced his sentence accordingly.

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