A pediatrician who apparently fancies himself an expert on near-death experiences was convicted by a jury in Delaware of waterboarding his girlfriend’s daughter, though he claims he was only washing her hair. He allegedly did this to further his NDE research.
The jury deliberated for about six hours before returning its verdict against Melvin Morse, 60.
Morse was charged with three felonies — two for alleged waterboarding and one for alleged suffocation by hand. He was convicted of one felony — waterboarding in the bathtub — and five misdemeanors. Jurors reduced the second waterboarding charge to a misdemeanor and acquitted Morse of the suffocation charge.
Morse showed no reaction as the verdict was read. He was ordered to surrender his passport and will remain out on bail until his sentencing, set for April 11.
Morse faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, but a lesser punishment is likely under state sentencing guidelines. Each misdemeanor carries a maximum of one year in prison but typically results in probation. The felony reckless endangerment conviction for waterboarding carries a maximum of five years in prison but a presumptive sentence of 15 months.
Wait, you mean waterboarding is illegal in this country? Then why aren’t Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and a bunch of other people in prison? Oh, right. Because Obama thinks we have to “look forward, not back.” Except when it involves whistleblowers, of course.