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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Murtha to be sued for libel

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, could it?

If Marine Col. Jeffrey Chessani is exonerated of the charges against him he may haul Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha, into court, suing him for libel, one of his lawyers told NewsMax.com.

Brian Rooney, one of the attorneys at Michigan's Thomas More Law Center representing Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani and a former Marine captain himself told NewsMax.com that his client, who is alleged to have failed to fully investigate the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha November, 2005 and not reporting an alleged Law of War violation, may follow the example of another Haditha Marine, SSgt. Frank Wuterich who is suing Murtha for libel.

Murtha set off a media firestorm last year when even before the matter had been fully investigated he charged members of Kilo Company, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment had gone on a rampage and slaughtered 24 Iraqi civilians in cold blood to avenge the killing of a member of their unit in an IED explosion. He also said that the incident occurred in the absence of any firefight, although it occurred as part of a day-long battle with insurgent ambushers that wounded 11 Marines.

The speech wasn't given on the floor of the House, and therefore it's not protected under the Speech and Debate clause of the Constitution. (Unlike the New York Times,/li> and a few moonbats, we do KNOW what's in the Constitution.) If he had called them murderers or accused them of murder on the floor of the House, he couldn't be touched. But he didn't say it there. He said it on Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Bryan Preston has the video up at Hot Air as a reminder to those denying the public slander he committed. He said it in public. He directed the accusation at the four Marines accused but not yet proven of murder.

Three of those Marines have been cleared of the capitol charges. There are others still charged, but it's for the aftermath of the incident not connected to combat. Their guilt is yet to be determined, and their crime, if proven, warrants administrative punishment, and nothing more. If and when Colonel Jeff Chessani is cleared of the charges, John Murtha's going to see just home much his Marine "brothers" really love him.

Publius II

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time politicians realize their words off the chambers floor is not protected. I applaude and I will support the plaintiff's against Murtha or any other politican. Rawriter

August 31, 2007 at 12:21 AM  

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