Mennonite Weekly Review: CPT reservist helps CO’s wife avoid charges

By Robert Rhodes
Mennonite Weekly Review

FORT CARSON, Colo. — An attorney affiliated with Christian Peacemaker Teams has helped the wife of an Army conscientious objector avoid charges herself.

Bill Durland of Colorado Springs represented Amy Bartell on charges of enticing and abetting a deserter, after her husband, U.S. Army Spc. Dale Bartell went absent without leave to avoid deployment with his unit back to Iraq.

The Bartells attend Skyline Mennonite Church in Canon City. The church is part of the Biblical Mennonite Alliance, which was formed in the late 1990s by congregations leaving the Conservative Mennonite Conference.

The couple began attending the church after they were transferred to Fort Carson. Meanwhile, Dale Bartell, a member of the U.S. 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, decided he could no longer serve in combat after completing a tour of duty in Iraq and went absent without leave from his assigned post. . .

A very good story (lots more details than what I shared here), and it is interesting to find out the connection between this case and Christian Peacemaker Teams, a group that endeavors to “get in the way” of armed conflict and seek to find ways to bring about peace (currently they have folks in Iraq, the West Bank, Columbia, and others)